In Hot Water: Mother Nature’s Hot Springs

No matter the season, slipping into natural hot springs is a relaxing, rejuvenating way to while away the hours. Heated by the planet’s interior, water bubbles up through cracks and fissures, typically gathering a load of minerals along the way. When the water finds its way at the surface, it’s Mother Nature’s hot tub. For … Read more In Hot Water: Mother Nature’s Hot Springs

Make a Day of It Outside at Roxborough Park

You don’t have to travel far from Denver to experience the adventures that the Rockies have to offer. Red rock formations, mountain peaks and wildlife can all be enjoyed at Roxborough State Park. A leisurely stroll down a hiking trail can reward the visitor with the meeting of mule deer or a fox. Less frequently, … Read more Make a Day of It Outside at Roxborough Park

Fish, Finches, and Campfires: St. Vrain State Park

There are many things associated with summer.  Children are free from school for a few months, college students are coming back home, and people are looking to enjoy the sun and outdoors again.  Peppered with a number of lakes and steeped with wildlife, St. Vrain State Park can provide as an ideal stop for those … Read more Fish, Finches, and Campfires: St. Vrain State Park

Celebrating a Big Anniversary with Colorado Monument

The year 2011 was a big year for the Colorado National Monument, and a big year for us.  My husband and I celebrated 5 years while we visited Colorado National Monument, and Colorado National Monument celebrated 100 years thanks to John Otto, who was the first custodian of Colorado National Monument. In 1907, Otto wrote, … Read more Celebrating a Big Anniversary with Colorado Monument

Pawnee Grasslands: A Kingdom Unto Its Own

The distant thunderhead was towering high enough to scrape the moon, which hung in the sky like a silver kite. The onset of dusk painted the westerly side of the storm vermilion; the lightning flashes and thunder-quakes tickled our senses like little chemical jolts, visceral but evanescent. “Shouldn’t we, um, take cover?” asked my companion, … Read more Pawnee Grasslands: A Kingdom Unto Its Own

Mount Evans Wilderness: High Altitude, High Adventure

At 14,264 feet, Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s most well-known peaks and is part of the vast Mount Evans Wilderness, whose boundaries start about 35 miles west of Denver. With 74,400 acres stretching from Echo Lake to Grant, the wilderness is a great place to forget about the city and enjoy some high-altitude trails. … Read more Mount Evans Wilderness: High Altitude, High Adventure

Colorado Lakes: Three Ways to Explore

When it comes to lakes, Colorado may not have the largest or the most, but the state can comfortably boast of having some of the loveliest high-altitude bodies of water in America. Some can be explored by car, while others require effort before their charms are revealed. With hundreds to choose from, the toughest part … Read more Colorado Lakes: Three Ways to Explore

Great Sand Dunes: Colorado’s Beach Without the Ocean

Sunset casts its golden light and eerie shadows across the vast sand dunes. We have just arrived, and feel like we should kick off our hiking boots and dig our toes into the silky sand. But no, it’s only about 40 degrees now, and it will get lots colder once the sun dips behind the … Read more Great Sand Dunes: Colorado’s Beach Without the Ocean

Ski and Soak: 5 Favorite Hot Springs

Maybe it’s curative minerals in the water. Maybe it’s majestic poolside mountain views. Or maybe it’s just the knowledge that the soothing liquid was heated by Mother Nature, not a power company. Whatever the reason, when it comes to a warm soak after a cool day on the Colorado slopes, nothing beats a dunk in … Read more Ski and Soak: 5 Favorite Hot Springs

Garden of the Gods: Made for Adventurous Mortals

All along Colorado’s Front Range, a layer of Jurassic-era sandstone dubbed the Morrison Formation plays hide and seek. About an hour south of Denver near Colorado Springs, the magnificent red rocks peek out from the earth at Garden of the Gods. The forces that created the Rocky Mountains turned this layer of rock on edge, … Read more Garden of the Gods: Made for Adventurous Mortals