Author: gocolo

Ahhhh, Spa! Englewood’s Inverness Feels Like a Retreat

Driving to a strip mall and clumping my clothes into a corner of the massage room isn’t really my idea of a spa experience. So I am a bit uneasy about visiting a hotel spa located in a business park. As it turns out, the Spa at the Inverness includes none of the drab styling of its namesake hotel. Just one floor below the lobby, a bubbling fountain welcomes the high-stressed into a world of relaxation. A delicate jasmine scent fills the spa’s foyer, and, already, I’ve forgotten about the business park outside. With a menu of reasonably-priced services...

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Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

In an alpine meadow carpeted with lush grasses, newborn white-spotted elk frolic under the watchful eyes of their mothers. Travelers edge their cars onto the shoulder of Trail Ridge Road, opening their windows to gaze at the endearing wildlife “nursery.” Around another bend, snow-mantled Never Summer Range scrapes the sky. Such wondrous sites unfold as this Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway traverses Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake. The road climbs through three life zones, or ecosystems, before reaching its highest point and crossing the Continental Divide. Distinctive flora and fauna populate each of the...

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Summer Fun: 5 Free Activities to Do in Golden

As summertime comes to Colorado, so does the onslaught of outdoor enthusiasts. But you don’t have to leave the Denver area to find adventure. Golden, just west of Denver, offers a variety of free activities year-round that are especially fun during the summer months. So for those who like to keep things under budget and want to enjoy the outdoors without breaking a sweat, here are a few free leisurely activities. Tour the legendary Coors Brewery Founded in 1873 and the world’s largest single-site brewery, the Coors Brewery is a must-see for beer enthusiasts. The tour begins on the...

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Chicago Basin: A Photographers Dream

If the Mobil Travel Guides rated wilderness, Chicago Basin would certainly garner five stars. It is nestled high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, one of the most rugged and seductive alpine regions to be found in the 48 contiguous states. At 11,000 feet above sea level, its long, terraced valley is filled with grassy meadows, frequently ablaze with wildflowers. Wide swaths of spruce and fir yield habitat for abundant wildlife. Towering over all are the rocky crags and soaring spires of the aptly named Needle Mountains. Tucked well within the boundaries of the Weminuche (WEM-in-ooch) Wilderness...

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Outdoor Activities Make Spring Come Alive in Steamboat Springs

 When most vacationers think of Steamboat Springs, Colorado vacations, they instantly think of snow and snow sports, but this community offers numerous things to see and do once the snow melts. In fact, the vast number of outdoor activities available in the spring and summer months make this an ideal time to plan a vacation to this region. Not only is there plenty to do, but the heavier traffic of the winter and mid-summer is gone, so you can enjoy these activities with smaller crowds. Hiking and Backpacking Through the Mountains The mountains that draw many travelers to Steamboat...

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