Castlewood Canyon State Park: Enjoy Nature
May17

Castlewood Canyon State Park: Enjoy Nature

Castlewood Canyon State Park is a little-known spot that is sure to please any wildlife and nature enthusiast. This Douglas County state park, located south of Parker off Colorado Highway 83, is home to not only some of Colorado’s most magnificent plants and wildlife, but provides families with recreational opportunities. Among activities to be enjoyed in the park are birding, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and...

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Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop
May01

Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop

In the heart of the San Juan Mountains, the Alpine Loop Scenic and Historic Byway traverses sweeping tundra landscapes and crests two alpine passes. Tiny, fragile flowers hug sheer slopes tinged with cinnamon and saffron hues. On lower elevations, creeks gurgle through forested canyons. The 63-mile backcountry route connects Lake City with Silverton and Ouray. The recommended direction for following the loop is clockwise, especially...

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Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family
Mar27

Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family

With the abundance of mountains and variety of terrain that Colorado offers, there are places close to home that shouldn’t be overlooked when planning your next family expedition. If you’re seeking intricate geological features, trickling streams or great views above the city, consider the numerous trails and parks Jefferson County Open Space offers in the foothills outside Denver. South Valley Park, near Littleton, offers...

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Colorado Golden Nuggets: Autumn’s Sweet Spots
Sep26

Colorado Golden Nuggets: Autumn’s Sweet Spots

We live in a state that proudly proclaims itself to be “Colorful Colorado,” and it certainly is. From purple mountain majesties to amber waves of grain, summers here treat our eye’s color-receptor cones to a good workout. It only gets better in the fall when autumn alchemy transforms leafy hillsides into mother lodes of gold. That’s when the state truly earns its nickname. It’s hard to miss fall brilliance in the Colorado Rockies....

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Manitou Springs, Colorado: Onetime Hippie Town Is Now Hip

Visitors to Manitou Springs once immersed themselves in the ‘60s hippie culture while indulging in old-fashioned entertainment. You can still do that, but the new Manitou, 4 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is more “hippie chic” than “hippie chick.” You still can buy tacky souvenirs, hemp clothing and patchouli incense, eat saltwater taffy and nosh on vegetarian fare. You also can visit upscale restaurants and stay in a...

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