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Catch Them Before They Fall

Leaves crunch underfoot. The first whiffs of smoke drift from a far-off fireplace. Autumn has arrived in Colorado—and there’s no better time to take a drive into the mountains. Here, four can’t-miss routes covering nearly 250 miles of fall splendor.

5280 Traveler 2012


Colorado’s Top 10 State Parks

From the rugged Medicine Bow Mountains of State Forest State Park to the frothy rapids of the Arkansas Headwaters, Colorado has a state park system that makes other countries jealous. Here, we introduce you to the best of the best.

A Cabin in the Pines

We love the idea of getting away to a remote cottage in Colorado’s high country. Yet, more often than not, that “sweet little rustic retreat” you rented online turns out to be a dusty, cold, bare-bones log dwelling with a tattered plaid sofa and animal heads on the walls. Truth is: It’s just not that easy to find weekend escape-worthy cabins on your own. Which is why we’ve done it for you. Throughout Colorado, we found resorts that offer cozy, romantic, well-appointed cabins. If fluffy down comforters, rough-hewn furniture, and quiet nights by the fire are what you seek, we have a cabin for you.

The Colorado Reserve List

Colorado wine production has gone from novelty act to serious business—and viticultural stars are emerging. These seven Western Slope wineries offer a taste of a region that’s finally coming into its own.


Go with the Flow

Follow the historic Flume Trail in South Dakota for a road-less-traveled-style summer excursion.

Getaways: Wave Runner

Finding sand—and surf—in Mexico’s hottest new beach town.

Getaways: Prowling the Perimeter

Biking a 100-mile epic around Utah’s White Rim loop.


Power of the Poudre

When a lazy float becomes a wicked white-water journey.

Horsing Around

Saddle up for a day—or more—on a rollickin’ dude ranch.

Golden’s Art Smarts

A pioneer-tough city embraces its creative side.

The Perfect Pair

Four calf-burning, lung-busting, heart-pumping hikes and the summer brews that make them worthwhile.

The Hills Are Alive

Central City’s gold days may be over, but there’s still plenty of music to be mined.


The Simple Life

Ditch Denver’s traffic snarls for a laid-back day in Longmont.

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