10th Mountain Division Huts: Backcountry Sanctuaries

Last Dec. 31, the crisp air at the trailhead between Leadville and Vail felt invigorating. I had been looking forward to this day since March when I’d first thrown my name into the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association’s lottery system. Because I simply filled out an application and sent in the $25 membership fee, 16 … Read more

River Rafting: High-Country Thrills and Spills on the Colorado River

The record snowmelt in the Colorado Rockies this summer means action-packed river rafting. And if your teenager is addicted to adventure and virtually fearless, this is the ideal time to enjoy some family togetherness on a raft in the middle of a rushing river. River rafting is ideal for families with teens — just enough … Read more

Packing Like a Pro: 12 Tips for a Winter Park Ski Vacation

Packing light for a ski vacation can prove difficult, but packing right has just gotten easier, thanks to those in the know at the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the obvious ski pants, coats, gloves and gear (unless you want to rent equipment at one of the rental shops in Winter … Read more

Colorado Mountain Club: Leading the Way Through the Rockies

One of Denver’s major draws is its proximity to the mountains. But to some residents, the concepts of high-altitude safety and basic trail etiquette can be a little intimidating. Enter the Colorado Mountain Club. Headquartered in Golden, the club provides adventure education and recreational opportunities for everyone from the newbie day hiker to the ultra-experienced … Read more

Battle of the Bug: Fighting the Pine Beetle in Colorado’s High Country

I’ve been fighting a little bug lately. Uh, no, I feel fine, thanks. The bug is the mountain pine beetle, scourge of the Colorado high country, munching through our alpine forests like Grant went through Richmond. From Canada to Mexico and California to Colorado, every single pine tree is threatened and countless millions have died. … Read more

It’s a Winner: Cripple Creek Opens Heritage Center

From the window wall of the new Pikes Peak Heritage Center overlooking Cripple Creek, watch the sun cast its golden glow over the town below and Sangre de Cristo mountain range beyond. It’s the panoramic kind of view home builders would pay a fortune to secure. But this view belongs to a $3.7 million visitors’ … Read more