Winter Wonderland: Snowshoeing the Powder Along the Poudre

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The 1820s fur trappers who gave the Cache la Poudre River its name used the French phrase that translates as “hide the powder” to commemorate the large cache of gunpowder that they secreted along the river during a massive blizzard. Back then, they could not have imagined that the upper reaches of the river would … Read more

North Sterling State Park: A Boater’s Paradise

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This large, spacious reservoir on the high plains draws locals and tourists alike from May through September and waterfowl hunters during the hunting season. North Sterling State Park is a gateway to fun and relaxation. Elks Campground is open year-round. A boater’s paradise, this large irrigation reservoir offers great coves and fingers to explore during … Read more

Seeking Colorado’s Powder: Snowcat to the Rescue

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Ping! My eyes spring open at 6:30 a.m. like cash registers on a sale. This is just wrong, I think, downright wrong to wake up 10 minutes before I instructed my alarm to bellow talk radio into the stony quiet of my studio apartment. I close my eyes and struggle to rightfully reclaim my 10 … Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Mushrooms In Colorado

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Mushrooms In Colorado Can Be Found All Over The State. Read Our Guide Below To Find Out Where You Can Find Them. Mushrooms are fungi that generally grow in dark, moist environments. There are many different types of mushrooms, and they can be found worldwide. Some mushrooms are edible, while others are poisonous. Mushrooms have … Read more

Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble

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The 1890s gold-rush boom town of Cripple Creek, on the back side of Pikes Peak, had nearly become a Colorado ghost town by the mid-20th century. Weekends, weak streams of visitors would meander up Ute Pass to the funky shops, odd little restaurants or, in summer, the melodrama. Then came the advent of limited stakes … Read more

Bishop Castle: One Man’s Dream A Reality

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Jim Bishop is truly a man after my own inner child. For the past 40 years, Bishop has been building a castle in the mountains outside Rye southwest of Pueblo. He’s not having a castle built for him on his property nor does his house merely look like a castle. Bishop goes to work every … Read more

Mesa Verde: Indian Arts and Culture Festival

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One of the top 100 events in North America — so named by the American Bus Association — will take place May 27-June 5 at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. The 11th annual Mesa Verde Country Indian Arts and Culture Festival will highlight the traditions, arts and culture of the Native American tribes … Read more

South Platte River Trail: Northeastern Colorado’s Historic Byway

The Rockies disappear in the rear-view mirror. Ahead, Interstate 76 stretches mile after monotonous mile on a northeasterly sweep toward Nebraska. Grandeur is scant. Wheat waves, cattle graze and the loftiest point visible is often the next town’s water tower. The unpretentious plains of northeastern Colorado seem an unlikely place to find a scenic and … Read more

American Mountaineering Museum: A Gem in Golden

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Do you know which two mountains are “bigger” than Mount Everest? Can you name the seven summits? What is monodoigting? The answers to these questions and more can be found at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in historical downtown Golden, Colorado. The museum, named after mountain explorer and photographic pioneer Henry Bradford Washburn Jr., … Read more

Denver’s Downtown Aquarium: Up Close and Personal

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My son is down on his knees, eye-to-slitted eye with a bamboo shark. They are staring at each other in fascination, both of their noses touching the separating glass, about a finger thick and reaching just over my belly button. The brown-banded fish and the 3-year-old boy are almost the same size, now waving hands … Read more