Category: Outdoor

Red Rocks: More Than an Amphitheatre 1

Red Rocks: More Than an Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, famed for its outdoor concerts, offers a variety of other summer activities: hiking, biking, movies, a visitor’s center with gifts and history, and even dining. Red Rocks, 15 miles west of Denver, makes for more than just a scenic sound stage and offers at least one full day’s worth of entertainment and outdoor activities. Red Rocks even…

Defending Denver: An Omelet of Opportunities 3

Defending Denver: An Omelet of Opportunities

At an out-of-town business dinner, I shared a table with New York- and Toronto-based associates. Between salad and salmon, we discussed hometowns. Denver is probably a pleasant place to live, my companions conceded. But there’s little there for a tourist. The good stuff, they claimed, is all in the mountains. Choking on my chardonnay, I begged to differ. Denver is…

Colorado's Favorite - Winter Park Resort 5

Colorado’s Favorite – Winter Park Resort

Once the snow melts at Winter Park Resort, the mountain turns from white to green and comes alive with colorful wildflowers.  The sun stays high in the sky, and the warmer weather is perfect for enjoying the many outdoor activities that Winter Park has to offer during the summer months. Winter Park is a year-round resort, and there are outdoor…

Earn It: Aspen Activities with Sweet Rewards 8

Earn It: Aspen Activities with Sweet Rewards

Not just a winter ski destination, versatile Aspen takes on a whole new persona in the warmer months of spring and summer. One of Colorado’s most internationally known destinations, Aspen sings a siren’s song to adventurers and mountaineers all year round. What makes Aspen special under the summer sun? The network of world class hiking and biking trails have something…

Head to Ouray in Southwest Colorado for Outdoor Adventures 9

Head to Ouray in Southwest Colorado for Outdoor Adventures

Ouray is the Colorado town for the outdoor enthusiast, no matter what your level of physical activity is. High in the rugged Rocky Mountains, the tiny town of 800 offers hospitality to the visitors who have been lucky enough to discover the secrets the tiny town and surrounding area protect. Box Canyon Waterfall With thousands of gallons of water a…

Dinosaur Ridge: Footprints of Time 10

Dinosaur Ridge: Footprints of Time

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 traces of life that date…

Belmar Ice Rink: Make Figure 8s Soon Before It’s Slush 12

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

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 cocktails at nearby restaurants. Belmar’s…

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail 13

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

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 Western Slopers and Front Rangers,…

Grand Lake, Colorado: Water, Wilderness and Western Charm 15

Grand Lake, Colorado: Water, Wilderness and Western Charm

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 Colorado’s largest natural body of…

8 Questions: Life as a Liftie 17

8 Questions: Life as a Liftie

At resorts and ski areas in Colorado, and across the country, lift operators make the chairs go ‘round. So don’t duck the ropes and don’t grumble when they ask for your pass on an icy day. Just smile, help your kids on the lift and be happy that you don’t have to hike up the hill. Joshua Felix, a lift…