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7 Leaf Peeping Road Trips Perfect for Electric Vehicles

Colorado is making its scenic and historic byways more accessible for vehicles without combustion engines, meaning these fall foliage routes are electrifying in more ways than one.

5280 September 2022


The High Cost of High Country Living

Breckenridge has the most short-term rentals of any municipality in the state—more than 4,000 in a town of just 5,100 permanent residents. What does that imbalance mean for those who live and work in this quintessential Rocky Mountain town?

How to Take a Colorado Road Trip in an Electric Vehicle

Nervous about exploring Colorado by electric vehicle? Here are a few basic tips to make EV road trips less daunting.

The Future of Downtown Denver

Downtown was hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and the city is still struggling to get people back on its streets. How do we rebuild it for the modern era?


Jada Suzanne Dixon sits in an empty theater row

Curious Theatre Company Has a New Leader

Jada Suzanne Dixon assumes artistic control of Curious Theatre Company.

How Colorado Winemakers Are Adapting to Climate Change

The challenging weather has inspired some Grand Valley winemakers to use lesser-known varieties—but not everyone believes cold-hardy grapes are the future of Centennial State wine.

From the Editor

Portrait of Lindsey B King

The Way We Were

A letter from the editor of 5280.


Inside David Byrne’s Mind

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne partners with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to open Theater of the Mind.

Local Gear That Will Have You Leaf Peeping With Panache

Colorado’s foliage isn’t the only thing that will brighten your social feed this fall.

Kween Werk Tackles Injustice on TikTok—And IRL

Social media diva Parker McMullen Bushman, aka Kween Werk, spreads messages of social justice using her popular TikTok personality.

From Littleton to Nairobi, Ascent Fly Fishing Spans the Globe

Littleton’s Ascent Fly Fishing works with suppliers and tiers around the world to ensure anglers get the flies they need.

The Color of Fashion Is Diversifying Denver’s Style Scene

Samantha Joseph and Alicia Myers founded the nonprofit to help increase representation in the fashion industry.

A Women-Driven Workspace Opens in Denver

When founder Kate Bailey learned of the dismal statistics surrounding women in the workplace, she decided to open a space where women can work, learn, and network.

Meet the Woman Bringing a World-Renowned Street Art Festival to Denver

Ally Grime (who paints by the alias A.L. Grime) is the director of Denver Walls, which brings technology-infused art to the Mile High City this month.

Eat and Drink

Where Our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, September 2022

This month, we’re putting the spotlight on chefs who are bringing fresh flavors—from Thai street fare to fluffy Neapolitan-style pies to Latin and South American tapas—to the Denver metro area.

How to Navigate the Complex World of Tipping at Restaurants

Local industry folks and etiquette professionals weigh in on how much gratuity you should leave when the bill arrives.

How to Make the Most of 2022’s Historically Spicy Pueblo Chile Season

As chile vendors start to set up along thoroughfares across the state this month, we asked two pros for tips on bringing one of the region’s most iconic ingredients into your home kitchen.

4 Must-Order Goodies at Bánh & Butter Bakery Café

A tour of the menu at Bánh & Butter Bakery Café, where Asian fusion flavors meet French technique.

Sapore Brings Polished Italian Steak House Fare to Littleton

Feast on locally sourced meats and fresh-made pastas by chef Brent Turnipseede at the upscale eatery near Roxborough State Park.


How to Join Denver’s Growing Bike Community

Denver’s new e-bike rebate program has created a slew of new cyclists. Here’s what they need to know before hitting the bike lanes.

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