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The Future of Denver Dining

Front Range culinary creatives will never allow the local restaurant scene to fade into fast-food, corporate homogeneity. COVID-19 be damned, here are 68 of the countless delicious ways that Colorado chefs, entrepreneurs, and good neighbors are nourishing us all.

5280 October 2020


Alan Mayfield

What It’s Like to Experience Homelessness During a Global Pandemic

Life, loss, fear, and hope in one Denver homeless encampment as the novel coronavirus upended services for some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens.

Nicholas Stevenson Illustration

A Book Lover’s Guide to Colorado

Whether you want to trace the footsteps of authors past or help our literary institutions survive to see a post-coronavirus future, consider the following required reading. Plus: 15 recently published books by Centennial State writers to add to your collection.


Excursions of Escalante

Canyoneering Country Is Calling

Learning the ropes for a canyon-based adventure in Utah’s Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument.

From the Editor

Nowhere To Go

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s October 2020 issue.


Pearl Snap Shirt

How the Pearl Snap Shirt Maintains Its Otherworldly Popularity

Invented by the owner of Denver’s Rockmount Ranch Wear 76 years ago, the iconic garment is still a beloved wardrobe staple.

Camp Amache

Inside the Effort to Preserve the Tragic Legacy of Colorado’s Japanese Internment Camp

For more than two decades, a high school history teacher and his students have led the fight.

Pumpkin Carving

How to Plan a Pandemic-Proof Pumpkin Gallery

We asked a descendant of carving kit inventor Grampa Bardeen how to safely bring the neighborhood together this Halloween.


Obit: In-Person Voting, Dead at 161

The longtime custodian of Colorado’s democracy is survived by mail-in ballots and political bickering.


3 Nearby Road Trip Destinations Where You Can Avoid the Crowds

Unlike popular locales in states to the south and west (see: the Grand Canyon), these areas to the east and north of Colorado won’t be crawling with Subarus.

Eat and Drink

Colorado Wine Pros

Colorado Wine Pros Call for Change

Can the Black Lives Matter movement spark inclusion and equity in the wine industry?

Work & Class

5280′s Restaurant Critic Contemplates the Legacy of Kitchen Confidential

Anthony Bourdain’s 20-year-old book addresses topics that are more relevant than ever, including the richness and value of the American restaurant subculture.


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5 Cool Fossil Finds in Colorado

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Snowmastodon site discovery, we unearthed some other transformative fossils dug up around the state.

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