Category: Outdoor

North Sterling State Park: A Boater's Paradise 1

North Sterling State Park: A Boater’s Paradise

  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 the spring and summer…

Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil's Thumb Ranch 2

Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

The sun has set and the nearly full moon will soon be rising over the Colorado peaks. Skiers and snowshoers group outside the lodge at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, bindings latched and stomachs churning. It’s time to eat. They are the first wave of participants on the annual Grand Huts Association progressive dinner at Devil’s Thumb Ranch 65 miles west of…

Top Five Gunnison Activities: Water Sports 3

Top Five Gunnison Activities: Water Sports

 At 7,700 feet of altitude and inside a river basin, Gunnison, Colorado is a well-endowed setting for summer fun and high adventure. Check out Gunnison for iconic outdoor Rocky Mountain activities like rafting and fly fishing, or try something new and brave the rapids by surf board, “duckie,” or stand-up paddle. Gunnison is so into its river sports that it…

Summer in Steamboat Springs: 7 Ways to Play 4

Summer in Steamboat Springs: 7 Ways to Play

One of the great joys of summer is getting outside and enjoying the sun. With its 300-plus days of sunshine, Colorado summers are as long as the mountains are tall, and one place to enjoy the blue skies and mountain highs is in the town of Steamboat Springs. We’ve gathered a list of seven cool things to do when the…

Zip Lining Through the Rockies: Finding Your Teen’s Inner Tarzan 8

Zip Lining Through the Rockies: Finding Your Teen’s Inner Tarzan

My 19-year-old, Henry, is pretty set on being as “manly” as possible at all times. Yet even he looked a bit askance at the sight before him. “You mean I’m going to just be hanging on that little cable over that mess of a river?” he whispered to me. That “mess” of a river was the Colorado, and the water…

Find Family-Friendly Fun in Colorado Springs 11

Find Family-Friendly Fun in Colorado Springs

While many Colorado towns were settled by miners and ranchers, the appeal of Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado, was its climate and culture.  In the late 1800s, it was known as “Little London” since it had many English tourists and settlers along with opera houses, fine hotels, and restaurants.  Colorado Springs is still known for its thriving…

Lure of the Flies: Knee Deep in Cold Water 12

Lure of the Flies: Knee Deep in Cold Water

Bubbles rise and a strange chortle comes from beneath the pond’s murky surface. It’s the sound of trout laughing. The fish, doubling over in gill-splitting glee, watch my first attempts to fly cast. For practice, my guide and instructor, Steve, has knotted surveyor’s tape to the end of a line. It looks as if I am flinging an orange moth…

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs 18

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

Every time Nick Miller, manager at Krabloonik Kennels, starts to hitch up his team, they go crazy. “They love it,” Miller says. “As soon as they realize they’re going out, they get excited, even if they’ve already been out that day.” Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in many Colorado mountain towns and ski areas as a different — and effortless…

Grand Junction, Colorado: Pedal Your Way Through Paradise 20

Grand Junction, Colorado: Pedal Your Way Through Paradise

It’s Colorado topography in transition, a place where snow-fed streams surge into sandstone desert and flattop peaks fall to canyon precipices. Naked cliffs, their bases hemmed with stony skirts, stretch along one side of Interstate 70. Across the roadway, vineyards and orchards line a tree-trimmed Colorado River. This ring of merging landforms turns the Grand Junction area into an outdoor…

Races, Music, and BBQ in Beaver Creek 22

Races, Music, and BBQ in Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, Colorado may be one of your favorite destinations for skiing, but as spring turns to summer, other family activities are being planned. As luck would have it, activities in Beaver Creek have something to offer the entire family throughout the year, from cultural events to the physically challenging experience that will keep you in shape until the next…