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Unlocking the Secrets of Mesa Verde National Park

Everything you need to know to visit this cultural marvel—and to do so with a reverence for the people who once made it their home.

5280 September 2021


The Enduring Legacy of Elijah McClain’s Tragic Death

In summer 2020, the nation’s attention turned to the killing of a 23-year-old Aurora man. His death prompted a flood of more than 8,500 letters from outside the state of Colorado—all begging Governor Jared Polis for justice. We read every one.

How to Host the Perfect Harvest Party

Celebrate late summer’s bounty with a Mexican-inspired feast featuring fresh-from-the-garden ingredients and delicious recipes crafted by Comida head chef Sandra Banchs and owner Rayme Rossello.


Colorado’s Harvest Farm Battles Addiction and Homelessness in Unexpected Ways

On a 100-acre farm in Wellington, men struggling with addiction and homelessness find that getting their hands dirty may be the best way to clean up their lives.

From the Editor

Portrait of Lindsey B King

The Power of the Written Word

A letter from the editor of 5280.


Colorado’s First Sober Music Festival Arrives This Month

Sundown Colorado combines electronic dance music, mindfulness, and local art—minus the booze.

5 Colorado Train Rides Perfect for Leaf-Peeping

Sit back and take in the state’s stunning autumnal foliage.

Alpine Parrot Is Making Hiking Pants for Curvy Girls

For some women, access to the outdoors begins with the right fit.

How Colorado’s Mountain Towns Inspired the Newest Life Is Strange Video Game

Local developers of the game’s latest installment, out September 10, share the real-life muses for the fictional world’s main drag.

The Mastermind Behind Pueblo’s Most Popular Green Chile Reflects on a Career Perfecting Peppers

An exit interview with Michael Bartolo, the innovator behind Pueblo’s famous cash crop.

How to Get Your Body in Shape for Ski Season, According to a Former Olympian

There’s still time to get your legs and lungs powder-ready.

Eat and Drink

5 New Thai Restaurants in Denver Going Beyond Drunken Noodles

Khao soi, nam tok, and other lesser-known specialties are on the menu at these restaurants.

Meet the First Woman To Lead the Brown Palace’s Esteemed Kitchens

Executive chef Kim Moyle dishes about her background and what’s on the menu at one of Denver’s most storied hotels.

Behind the Remarkable Rise of Raquelitas Tortillas

How the 62-year-old RiNo company became Colorado’s most ubiquitous purveyor of tortillas and chips.


How to Get Ready for the Return of Denver Oktoberfest

Local meisters share how to eat, lift, and yodel your way to a win in this year’s games.

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