Kitty, Kitty!: A Wild Kingdom on the Plains

Kitty, Kitty!: A Wild Kingdom on the Plains

The unpaved highway rises and dips like a lazy rollercoaster as we roll along on the plains east of Colorado Springs toward Calhan. At the last crest, the animal refuge appears at the bottom of the hill, a glinting compound of chain-link fences where the big cats of...
Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing

Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing

With 878 acres of open space along the South Platte River, the park offers children and adults the opportunity to experience activities such as hiking, mountain biking and canoeing, as well as the chance to see over 300 species of wildlife. Fishing is also popular in...
Dinosaur Ridge: Tracks to the Past

Dinosaur Ridge: Tracks to the Past

It’s hard to envision when looking at the Front Range of foothills, but millions of years ago those mountains were at the bottom of an inland sea, an area that is now rich with dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric features. Many species of dinosaurs and other...
Hot Spot: Soak Away in Ouray

Hot Spot: Soak Away in Ouray

Calming waves of hot mineral water envelop the body. Relaxed eyes gaze at mountains and forest. Nothing but sky hangs overhead. Simmering in an outdoor pool of earth-heated water may be the hottest way to enjoy Colorado’s wet side. The state offers at least 47 natural...
Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals

Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals

Set against the rising foothills of the Rockies, Cañon City enjoys a temperate climate, some of the most dramatic scenery in Colorado and numerous tourist attractions that will keep visitors busy. And it’s all 115 miles southwest of Denver. Dinosaurs walked here, and...