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The Incline, Colorado, USA
That's what the sign says at the bottom of the Manitou Incline Trail, an infamous hardcore fitness attraction off Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs, just a few miles west of Colorado Springs. The Incline Trail consists of approximately 2,000 steps...
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4192 State Highway 9, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
The spectacular high mountain lakes and alpine scenery make this hike one of the most popular around Breckenridge, Colo. In early summer, the waterfalls gush and snow still dots the surrounding peaks, one of which stands at 14,265 feet (Quandary...
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800 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Visiting new and emerging art galleries is always a lot of fun. Combine it with a once-a-month art walk, and you'll find yourself with an eclectic group of people enjoying everything from antiques and art, to food trucks and people watching. First...
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Crater Lake, Colorado 81611, USA
It's easy to go off on a solo hike along one of the many trails around Aspen. But I tend to be a nature geek and like to know what I'm looking at. If you call ahead to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) can connect you with a...
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2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Beat writer Jack Kerouac fell in love with Denver after a visit (he eventually bought a home in Colorado), and Sal, the lead character in On the Road, travels to the city a few times. The free-spirited character Dean Moriarty was based on the...
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900 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA
Free Colorado camping - White River National Forest off of Montezuma Rd (the road that goes behind Keystone). Amazing scenery, creek and ponds, and perfectly secluded.
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1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Have you ever tried a Graham Cracker porter? Well, you should. It's surprisingly mild— despite its dark hue—with hints of vanilla and mulled spices. And it's only available at the Denver Beer Co. The brewery serves along with other delish...
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2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
The award-winning Prost Brewing Company is no-frills, with outdoor picnic tables, an unpretentious hardwood bar, and black chalkboards that announce daily specials. But once you get a beer poured from one of its shiny, stainless-steel taps, you'll...
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Mt Crested Butte, CO, USA
I lived in Colorado for 15 years and explored some areas quite a bit, camera in hand. The Crested Butte area is one of the prettiest areas in the state. Crested Butte is known as a ski destination, but I went in summer and autumn and loved it. Get...
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Snowmass Village, CO, USA
Starting this past winter on Friday Nights the Snowmass Gondola and Elk Camp Restaurant stayed open later for Ullr Nights in the Winter and Valhalla Nights in the Summer, both named after Norse mythology. For Ullr Nights, people can partake in...
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Rim Trail S, Colorado, USA
A fun hike or mountain bike trail is the Rim Trail. Even though there are two places to hop on the trail, I personally recommend starting at the side near the Snowmass Mall off Divide Road. The trail is a series of tame switchbacks that traverses...
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120 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Tom Blake Trail is a beginning-to-intermediate trail for hikers and mountain bikers. Located on the lower side of Snowmass’s Burnt Mountain, bikers zip through groves of Aspen trees on a single trail with the sunlight flickering through the...
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115 Daly Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Snowmass Mountain is the most diverse and largest of all the four Aspen Skiing Company mountains in the area and offers something for everyone. It has a great Ski School program that starts as young as two years old and goes up through adults. On...
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Ditch Trail, Snowmass Village, CO, USA
A true local’s secret, this trail is on the backside of Snowmass Mountain, and traverses across Campground. Since it is fairly flat, with only a couple areas of incline, it is great for beginner biking, hiking, and running in the summer, and...
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Zane’s Tavern is the local watering hole for both Aspen and Snowmass. The Snowmass location has a fun gaming pub atmosphere with jukebox, pool table, foosball table and shuffleboard table. They serve pub type fare but their specialty is the...
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67 Elbert Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Mountain Dragon is popular with locals, especially for après-ski. The bar floods into the dining area and is a melting pot of patrons. Buy a round of drinks, and kick back with a game of pool or darts. The restaurant serves delicious Chinese food...
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4250 Divide Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
This is an authentic Colorado experience, especially if you go dog sledding before. The ambiance is a white table cloth experience set in a subdued, rustic cabin with a sunken fireplace for a cozy feeling. While dining take in spectacular views of...
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Grand Mesa, Colorado 81413, USA
Grand Mesa is one of the most spectacular places to see fall colors in Colorado. It overlooks the desert and the vineyards of Palisade. It's interesting to watch the mesa turn into an alpine environment as you near the summit at 11,000 feet. There...
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3269 3/4 C Road, Palisade, CO 81526, USA
Hermosa Vineyards is one of the most popular in Palisade. Although it's slightly off the beaten path, there's a reason why the tasting room in owner Kenneth Dunn Jr.'s garage is always busy. It's not just the wine but Dunn's outgoing personality....
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675 Lionshead Pl, Vail, CO 81657, USA
We all have a mental image of upscale European alpine villages from countless spy movies and Vogue fashion shoots. There’s the little café with etched glass and women sipping Alsace with perfect hair and puffy parkas. The men are capable sorts,...
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Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
Despite being northern Colorado, Steamboat Springs offers belly-filling home-style southern cooking at the Low Country Kitchen right on Lincoln Avenue. Dig into the classics (without the greasy coating), like fried okra and buttermilk fried...
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Buena Vista, CO 81211, USA
St. Elmo was once a gold and silver mining town founded in 1880. It’s now one of Colorado's most preserved ghost towns. Chipmunks out number the residents and there are also a lot of hummingbirds. St. Elmo is about two and a half hours from Vail,...
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130 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
One of Breckenridge's first fine-dining options, Hearthstone restaurant is housed in a restored Victorian home. Start with a seasonal cocktail special and try the locally-sourced game such as blackberry elk or buffalo short ribs. The building was...
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6061 Tiger Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
It's one thing to ride in a dogsled. At Good Times Adventures, near Breckenridge, Colo., groups take turns mushing the dogsled. Whether at the helm or in the sled, it's easy to feel the power of these Siberian huskies. At 40-70 pounds, each can...
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200 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Twist's modern take on comfort food comes in the form of ruby red trout with pumpkin porcini risotto, potato leek cakes, poutine, and homemade peanut butter chocolate cups. Both the dinner and martini menus change seasonally. Try Twist for happy...
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137 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
This is a great photo by Robin Johnson of a family at the 2012 Oktoberfest in Breckenridge, Colo. The party is the largest in the Rocky Mountains, so it helps to have a little local's knowledge -- 1. Friday and Sunday tend to be a bit quieter, so...
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207 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Adjacent to the BreckConnect gondola, the Warming Hut keeps a stash of slippers so that skiers and riders can kick back in comfort. The menu offers Colorado comfort food such as the slider trio with beef, bison, and lamb. And, the staff works with...
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52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...
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Denver, CO, USA
Look for a hip crowd of 20- and 30-somethings mingling outside a corner cafe in Denver's youthful Capital Hill neighborhood. This marks the entrance to the city's new favorite breakfast joint, Jelly. Enjoy Bloody Mary's with a garden of veggies on...
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Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen is a playground for the active traveler. No matter how many times I visit, I always set aside time to bike to Maroon Bells. Rent a bike from the Hub, a cycling store in town, and be sure to bring a water bottle and even some snacks for...
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Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The mountain nights in Aspen are unlike any other; the air is clean and crisp and the stars are amazingly bright. I would like to think it is because you are closer to the stars but I am sure it is just because there are fewer lights to obstruct...
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2001, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
After a long day of hiking, biking, running, and rafting my body usually craves something healthy but also satisfying. I found my perfect summer dish at Element 47, the newly remodeled restaurant at the Little Nell. Don't be fooled by the simple...
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Rio Grande Trail, Colorado, USA
My morning routine in Aspen always starts with a run along the Rio Grande Trail. The trail is easily accessed from downtown and stretches 41 miles between Aspen and Glenwood Springs with an elevation change of 2,120 feet. It used to be an old...
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2037, 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
When I worked at Food & Wine Magazine, my colleagues and I would religiously hit Ajax Tavern as soon as we descended upon town for the annual Food & Wine Classic event. The draw: Ajax's addictive truffle fries. There are times where I...
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1599 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Hip-hip-hurray for winter time fun! Colorado is the perfect get away with 300+ days of blue blue skies yet plenty of the white stuff for playing in. Breckenridge Ski Resort has world class skiing plus heaps of charm and history in an authentic...
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Kebler Pass, Colorado 81230, USA
My girlfriend and I were celebrating the day of her birth with a lovely off road adventure. Once at the top, we decided to hike at the peak of Kebler Pass while witnessing Aspen trees as wide as truck tires. The towering forest, mingling with...
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11625 E 1500 S, Jensen, UT 84035, USA
Seeing a real-life dinosaur is an experience sure to make any child’s vacation, and there are few better places to do it than Dinosaur National Monument. Located in the Uinta Mountains in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the park is teeming with...
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500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA
So there we were, driving down the road, when out of nowhere a hipster on a 1-speed bolts out in front of us. I couldn't believe how well he could navigate his bike, considering he was wearing sandals, skinny jeans, and the ultimate shmedium...
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600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Drinking in high altitude is definitely an endurance sport and the folks at Breckenridge Brewery in Summit County, Colorado really know how to sweeten the odds. Er, make them even more difficult, that is - with their 9% alcohol volume 471 Double...
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3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
If you are in Denver, be sure to swing by Black Shirt Brewing, Co. All their beers are derived from their base red ale. Super fantastic, well crafted, and flat-out delicious. It's located in a great space, and boasts awesome service.
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1600 38th St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
This pint of American Stout at Fate Brewing Co., one of the newest craft brew pubs in Boulder, was delicious, strong, and smooth. There are legendary breweries up and down the front range, in and out of Denver, and plenty of people who plan their...
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121 S Galena St #A, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
You can’t leave Aspen without trying the locally brewed beer at Aspen Brewing Company. Located on restaurant row above Over Easy, the Aspen Brewing Company has all the local favorites on tap. Get a sampler to see which one you prefer or try...
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2861 Eldora Ski Rd, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Not only is Eldora Mountain Resort the closest resort to the Front Range (so close, they have a ski run named City Lights because you can see Denver from the top of the trail in the evenings), driving there and back does not involve sitting in...
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Odessa Lake, Colorado 80517, USA
When I go camping in the backcountry in Rocky Mountain National Park or anywhere else in Colorado, I bring a coiled length of nylon poly cord for hanging my food sack. Find a proper tree with high branches at least 100 feet from your tent; tie one...
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470 Rio Grande Pl, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
"I am a song, I live to be sung, I sing with all my heart!" Pay your respects to the man who penned "Rocky Mountain High" and spent a lot of time in Colorado. The John Denver Sanctuary is a quiet cluster of carved boulders and monuments, located...
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1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Río margs. You're only allowed to drink three. Oh yeah, and the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in downtown Boulder also has one of the best rooftop bars around, for watching the sun set behind the foothills.
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Peak to Peak Hwy, Colorado, USA
I don't mind a little autumn traffic on my leaf safari. There's no hurry up here on CO Highway 7, a.k.a. the Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway, which snakes 55 miles along the Continental Divide. In fact, if I could, I'd take each curve in...
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627 S Broadway E, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
The author does some research at the Southern Sun, a family-friendly brewpub in south Boulder; pictured above, Annapurna Amber and Quinn’s Golden Ale. The Southern Sun (627 S Broadway St, Boulder, 303-543-0886). The ample space, enormous...
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After driving two hours through the snow-capped Rocky Mountains and hiking an hour up from the Colorado River following Dead Horse Creek, I came across the mirage of Hanging Lake - clear turquoise water and gushing waterfalls surrounded by lush...
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6975 Howard St, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819, USA
Don’t expect butlers, room service, or even a receptionist at this six-room lodge set at nearly 7,800 feet in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Owner Christian Keesee vacationed in Green Mountain Falls as a kid. When the New York–based...
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. If you've been biking through Arches National Park, you've earned a mellow ride that still gives you plenty of time in the saddle and miles to put under your belt. On a recent three-day bike trip through ...
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Rimrock Dr, Fruita, CO 81521, USA
If you're an American Flyers fan and a believer in a bicycle ride's ability to inspire and instantly connect you to a place, this ride in Colorado National Monument park (just outside Grand Junction) will knock your socks off. To have a 33 mile...
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1400 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Boulder's Oak at Fourteenth has an unpretentious, laidback vibe paired with serious wood-fired cookery. The “Shawarma” with shishito peppers, Colorado feta, and chickpea panisse are all favorite share plates—sit at the chef's counter to be close...
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Snowmass Village, CO, USA
When I think of Aspen, I tend to think of winter, fancy people, and the movie Dumb & Dumber. And when I hear the words jazz festival, I immediately hear tunes from Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding play through my head. So imagine my surprise...
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620 W Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Aspen Historical Society has one main mission and that is to preserve the integrity of Aspen and its historical sites. They do it the traditional way through policies and building regulations but they also communicate it to the community and...
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221 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Explore Bookseller is a quaint little book store in the cutest Victorian house off of Main Street. Pyramid Bistro is upstairs so you can always grab a bite to eat after finding the perfect book. Although it is not very large, every time I go I...
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0861 Maroon Creek Rd, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
There is something about sledding down a mountain that doesn’t get old no matter how old you are and Aspen has some great spots. For children the Mecca is this hill behind the Aspen Recreation Center that has the most perfect pitch and a run out...
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430 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The former owner of Highland’s Pizza Company opened Ryno’s so the secrets to their great pizza came with him to this new establishment. Better known for their pizza but they do have delicious sandwiches and pasta options. They hit the...
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Smuggler Mine, Colorado 81611, USA
Aspen’s history runs deep with silver mining. People came to Aspen in the 1800’s in the hopes of getting rich by finding the mother load of silver nuggets. Scattered across the mountain sides are mining shafts so be careful where you step. For a...
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Ashcroft, CO 81611, USA
About 11 miles up Castle Creek Road you will come to the ghost town of Ashcroft. This well preserved town at one time was more bustling than Aspen. Focused around the silver boom, once the resources ran dry, people discovered Aspen. People moved...
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Independence Pass, Colorado 81210, USA
Driving up Independence Pass is a beautiful way to spend the afternoon and along the way to the top of this 12,096’ pass you can stop at highlights. For the thrill seekers, near the Grottos there is a series of waterfalls that flow into a crystal...
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7745 Wadsworth Blvd, C, Arvada, CO 80003, USA
When the grinders are running, you can smell it - the velvety sweet aroma of well roasted coffee beans: The kind of coffee that yields beautiful golden brown crema on top of a rich and vibrant espresso shot and blends so beautifully into steamed...
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Wyoming 82009, USA
Most head west when in need of a day trip from Denver, but head north of the city to Wyoming and check out Curt Gowdy Park, Vedauwoo and Medicine Bow. You can be there in less time than it takes to get up to many of the over-popular Colorado...
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414 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Hops Culture, opened in summer of 2014, as the newest restaurant on the Hyman Avenue walking mall. It is a craft-beer focused restaurant and bar that has 200 domestic and imported craft beer with 30 of them being on tap. The menu fares...
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2200 Village Inn Ct, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
In Colorado, we take our beaches where we can—usually wherever someone dumps sand near some water. If you're not lucky, that means sunning yourself next to some murky reservoir. If you're fortunate to be in Steamboat Springs in the summer,...
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Colorado, USA
Hike, bike, or ride at your leisure up through Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Colorado. For photographers, I recommend taking Trail Ridge Road for its vast opportunity to stop off and take pictures of beautiful views. The trip begins in the...
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29950 Paint Mine Rd, Calhan, CO 80808, USA
Around 30 miles east of Colorado Springs, Colorado is a place you would never expect to find out in the middle of the prairie lands. As you drive along through flat lands, tumbleweeds, and a horizon as far as the eye can see, you suddenly see a...
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Collegiate Peaks, Colorado 81211, USA
A drive from Buena Vista through the ghost town of Winfield leads into the valley of the Collegiates. Wildflowers adorn the windswept summit of Mount Harvard, the fourth highest mountain in the contiguous United States (14,421 ft). At the top,...
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Bellvue, CO 80512, USA
"Right now, I am aware of the first star." We are sitting on grass and pine needles near a collapsed old hunting cabin, four adults and 15 young teens playing a game of "right now" in the middle of the woods. There are a few snickers and moans,...
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Sangre de Cristo Range, Colorado 81040, USA
There is no trail on this hike, and many icy/snowy spots at the time that we did it. Challenger Point is a well-deserved name on this 14,000 foot peak. With 1,000 feet to go, we decided to turn around and leave it for another day. An exciting peak...
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Mt Evans, Colorado 80439, USA
This is a bit touristy, but it's such a beautiful spot, I would highly recommend it. You can either drive or hike to the top of Mt Evans, which is just a short distance west of Denver. Besides the gorgeous views from the top, it's a fantastic...
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Colorado, USA
About 35 miles northeast of Alamosa, Colorado, is the Great Sand Dunes NP. The tallest sand dunes in North America (Star Dune is the tallest at 750’) are landlocked and seem strangely out of place next to the 13,000’ Sangre de Cristo Mountains....
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Quandary Peak, Colorado 80424, USA
Climbing 14,000-foot mountains is a kind of unofficial state pastime for hikers in Colorado, with completists sometimes spending years to bag all 53. A good place for newcomers to start their quest is Quandary Peak, a relatively gentle mountain...
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Alma, CO, USA
Hike Mount Democrat, Mount Cameron, Mount Lincoln and Mount Bross all in one day. Mount Bross is technically private property and the trail is not maintained, so proceed with caution.
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Piney Lake, Colorado, USA
The Upper Piney trail is about a 12-mile roundtrip hike through aspen and evergreen trees. You can cut it in half by turning around at the picturesque waterfall about 3 miles in. Beyond the falls the trail gets steeper the closer you get to Upper...
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1280 Ute Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
During WWII, hundreds of U.S. soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division trained in the mountains of Colorado to prepare for wintry battles in the Alps. It's hard to imagine how the soldiers developed a love for Colorado while sleeping in the snow...
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Bear Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
There is fall foliage. And then there's the Odessa–Fern Lake backpacking circuit in Rocky Mountain National Park in late September. Most years, this is the peak of Colorado's crispest, most spectacular, leaf-gasmic yellowness, and on this day, as...
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1599 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Breckenridge, Colorado, is only a 90-minute drive from Denver and has some of the best learning slopes in the country. I came here with my 6-year-old daughter to go to ski school during our Thanksgiving break. The long, easy, groomed, gentle...
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28194 US-6, Keystone, CO 80435, USA
Denverites like to ski too, and when they do, one of the places they go is Arapahoe Basin, located on the Continental Divide about 68 miles from Denver. A-Basin, as it’s known, clocks in at a top elevation of over 13,000 feet, making it one of the...
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It’s not as iconic as Aspen or as convenient to Denver, but due to its unique geography, Wolf Creek, located near the town of Pagosa Springs by the New Mexican border, gets surprisingly excellent early-season snow, especially for a southerly...
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Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen and Snowmass have some great cross country trails. But for a real experience, head 11 miles outside of Aspen to the base of the Elk Mountain range to the Ashcroft Ski area. Groomed and un-groomed trails are endless. After a full morning of...
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Highlands bowl, commonly referred to as “The Bowl,” is for expert skiers and snowboarders. If it is your first time you should go with someone who knows the area. Just off of Deep Temerity lift is where you start your ascent to 13,000 feet. Step...
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It's impossible to capture the scene with a photo. As you move along the well-marked trails on the Western Summit side of Rabbit Ears Pass, the trees appear to lean in and study you as you go. There are seven set trails to choose from at the...
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9511 CO-9, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
“The Bivvi” has four hotel rooms and two dorm-style rooms with bunk beds. Guests gather on the deck for the fire pit and hot tub. Bunks from $45; rooms from $159. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue.