Collected by Helen McGinnis
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...
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...
Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA
Just because this small mountain town has only one stoplight doesn’t mean it can’t serve up some delicious food. For tasty and fast Mexican food, there’s Teocalli Tamale right on the main drag, Elk Street. For hot and cold drinks...
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...
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...
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,...
1000 N 3rd St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Aspen Institute, a world-renowned nonprofit organization based in Aspen, delivers intellectually stimulating seminars, workshops, lectures, and speakers series. Aspen Institute is most notable for the Aspen Ideas Festival, which happens during...
6000 Co Rd 30, Lake City, CO 81235, USA
Willow Lake, Colorado 81611, USA
Most people that backpack in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area usually either go over West Maroon Pass to Crested Butte or go over Buckskin Pass and camp at Snowmass Lake. A lesser known lake is Willow Lake. With fewer visitors, this is a secluded...
King Lake, Colorado 80466, USA
I was hiking the King Lake Trail, in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, doing a 48-hour solo loop backpacking trip. It was late August. The wildflowers were going crazy, but up here just beneath the Continental Divide, there was still plenty of snow and...
Baseline Rd & 9th St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
If you visit Boulder, hiking is a central part of the experience. There are many trails that criss-cross Chautauqua Park, but if you hike the ones under NIST you will find them to be much less crowded. Take the Table Mesa exit off the 36 Highway...
2021 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
Denver's Lower Highlands neighborhood has seen some major development in the past five years. A mix of century-old cottages and modern designs, LoHi—as the locals call it—is sandwiched between downtown and the Rocky Mountains. It's one of the...
3475 S University Blvd, Englewood, CO 80113, USA
Owned by a mother-daughter team, Lulu's Furniture & Decor stocks a wide array of furniture, housewares, accessories, and art. The Lower Highlands shop will inspire just about any decorative taste. Each item in the store is carefully and...
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