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Colorado’s Best-Kept Secrets

There are still plenty of places left to be explored in the Centennial State—like these 88 overlooked gems.

5280 September 2016


What Does It Take to Open a Craft Brewery in Denver?

The inside story of what it takes to open a brewery in Colorado’s super-competitive scene—and how the changing dynamics in the industry are altering the future of craft beer.

The Perfect End-of-Summer Feast

Six restaurant-inspired recipes for an idyllic backyard dinner.


Wounded Vets Return To Action To Fight An Entirely Different Enemy

The story behind a new federal program that turns wounded veterans into computer forensic analysts set on tracking down child pornography.

Can This Colorado Farmer Save Our Oceans?

Boulder scientist Philip Taylor’s answer to sustainable fish and animal feed lies in farming fast-breeding flies. Is he crazy—or brilliant? 

A Fishy Deal?

Ross Reels sought subsidies to stay in Montrose, but are the payouts smart investments in the city’s future—or corporate bribes? 

From the Editor

Brew Crew

A letter from the editor of our September 2016 issue.


Introducing the Colorado Encyclopedia

The brainchild of a CU Boulder history professor provides a reliable source for our state’s history.

First-Person With A Jefferson County Hero

Retired S.W.A.T. officer Grant Whitus revisits the Columbine mass shooting and much more in his new memoir.

Political Polling in Real Time

A pair of Arvada entrepreneurs have created an app that may help predict the next president.

A New Concussion Test Comes to Denver

A new baseline evaluation from Denver Sports Recovery helps doctors care for young athletes’ brains.


3 Lakes To Visit in September

Escape the heat at these refreshing bodies of water.

The World’s Highest Triathlon

Swimmers can dive into Dillon Reservoir for the first time—during the 106° West Triathlon. 

Gear Closet: Weston Snowboards

Weston comes down from the mountain bearing a pretty sweet splitboard. 

Colorado Adventure Film: A Restrospective

The major milestones in the Centennial State’s thrill-inducing outdoor-film history.


Dance, Dance Revolution

Lemon Sponge Cake’s ballets don’t dance around the issues.

The Debut of DAM’s Style Guru

The Denver Art Museum’s official fashion curator unveils her first show.

What To Do in September

Your short list of Colorado’s coolest events. 

Where To Go For Hydration Therapy in Denver

Recover quickly from your exhausting weekend activities with an IV of vitamins and minerals.

6 Tips for Taking Care Of A New Dog

5280’s (abridged) manual for taking care of a new canine. 

Eat and Drink

Dessert Alert: Sweet Jayne’s Galettes

Don’t miss out on on this golden-crusted, seasonal treat.

The Whiskey Trail

How the man behind Distillery 291 traded a life behind the camera for one behind the still.

Four of the Front Range’s Best Cheese Shops

A guide to the Front Range’s best cheese shops.

Where We’re Eating in September

The restaurants, dishes, and drinks on our dining radar.


Where the Wild Things Are

Hidden in plain sight in Commerce City, the National Wildlife Property Repository is one of the country’s most vital resources for protecting nature’s creatures and educating the public.

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