Dinosaur Ridge: Footprints of Time

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I’ve just walked through more than 50 million years of time in one afternoon. I’m not sure if it’s the remnants of a little boy’s fascination with dinosaurs or my present fascination with natural history, but the walk along Dinosaur Ridge was entirely captivating. The rock formations next to Alameda Parkway north of Morrison show … Read more Dinosaur Ridge: Footprints of Time

Belmar Ice Rink: Make Figure 8s Soon Before It’s Slush

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Coloradans are always looking for ways to enjoy the winter season. That’s especially true for the folks near West Alameda Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard, where the Rink at Belmar shines bright with twinkling trees and a lighted plaza. On break from ice skating, kids clutch paper cups of steaming cocoa. Others warm themselves with … Read more Belmar Ice Rink: Make Figure 8s Soon Before It’s Slush

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

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As in many of Colorado’s resort towns, Vail’s summer season technically kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. The Beaver Creek Rodeo is in full-swing and the Teva Mountain Games once again drew a sexy flock of world-class paddlers, climbers and cyclists. The pictures, of course, show happy people running in shorts and sports bras. What … Read more Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

Grand Lake, Colorado: Water, Wilderness and Western Charm

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The sky blushes as the first rays of dawn creep over the Colorado mountains. Grand Lake appears glassy smooth, forest and rocks reflecting in its mirrored surface. One peak dominates. “That’s our signature mountain,” says resident Polly Lawler. “It’s called Mount Craig, but we affectionately know it as Baldy.” Covering 600 acres, Grand Lake is … Read more Grand Lake, Colorado: Water, Wilderness and Western Charm

Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time!

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Smile! It’s springtime in the Rockies, when snow is deep, temperatures are mild, days last longer and sun shines stronger. Best of all, you can sleep in while the snow softens to a cushy carpet and ski or ride later into the afternoon. Colorado resorts celebrate spring with an alpine version of the backyard party. … Read more Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time!

On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley

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I’ve driven this road a hundred times, but it doesn’t matter. I still strain my neck trying to take in the scenic view as my car climbs the foothills out of Denver and heads into the heart of the Rockies. I rise above the city, now just a tiny speck in my rearview mirror, and … Read more On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley

Aloha Organic Fruit: A Peach of a Place

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Steven Sherer and his wife Pat moved to Colorado’s Western Slope from Hawaii in 2008 with the intention of buying a small acreage in the Palisade area so they could have a few horses. Instead, they bought a peach orchard, and now operate a nine-acre orchard with 3,600 trees. Palisade, with its favorable 182-day growing … Read more Aloha Organic Fruit: A Peach of a Place

A Weekend in Estes Park: Not Sheepish on Scenery

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Its breathtaking setting certainly deserves the title, but Estes Park is not really a park ? At least not in the typical sense of the word. In geologic lingo, “park” describes a glacially cut, level valley between mountain ranges. And this is exactly where this picturesque hamlet is located. Estes Park, Colorado, is nestled in … Read more A Weekend in Estes Park: Not Sheepish on Scenery

The Awesome Arkansas: River Rafter Tests Her Mettle

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I had been lucky. On five previous rafting trips through Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River, most other members of the group took tumbles into the frigid waters. But, throughout the years, I’d always been able to maintain position on the topside of the raft. I didn’t have that same sense of calm this year, … Read more The Awesome Arkansas: River Rafter Tests Her Mettle

First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

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“Cancer, it’s just a word.” That’s a favorite saying of Vail resident Allan Goldberg, First Descents executive director and 27-year cancer survivor. He likes the phrase so much so that he had it printed on t-shirts. “It is a scary word and it deserves its reputation,” said Goldberg. “But I always thought if you went … Read more First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!

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Colorado’s mountain resorts have fine-tuned their slopes and improved guest services for the 2011-2012 ski/snowboard season. This year, it’s about technology, terrain parks and a few surprise new twists and turns. Here’s a rundown of the resorts and their opening dates: Arapahoe Basin – Open. arapahoebasin.com. Black Mountain Express — a new high-speed quad — … Read more Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!

Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain

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With its 5,000 acres of terrain and legendary Back Bowls, Vail Mountain is the crème de la crème of Colorado ski resorts. It’s known for its wide ski runs, a wealth of intermediate and expert runs, and a comprehensive ski school. But Vail Mountain isn’t just for swishing down the slopes. There are plenty other … Read more Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain

Slopes Less Taken: Going to Great Heights

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A rich blue sky envelops me. Sun streams onto my face. The air holds still and clear. Nothing invades my space — no trees, no structures and no people — just the sky and pristine snow, soft under my ski boots and thick on mountains as far as I can see. I’m on top of … Read more Slopes Less Taken: Going to Great Heights