Bumps for Boomers: On Aspen Mountain

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Atop Aspen Mountain, we clip into short fat skis. Just over 3 feet long, these twin-tipped “skiboards” would look trendy on a teen, but that’s not us. We’re a group of gray-heads for whom the term “hip” is usually followed by the word “replacement.” For two of the next four days, we old dogs will … Read more Bumps for Boomers: On Aspen Mountain

Summertime in Colorado: Music’s In the Air

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Summertime in the Colorado mountains delights the ears. Tumbling streams, warbling birdsong, wind whistling down the canyons… every day is an open-air concert. But the Rocky Mountains also happen to be home to four nationally-recognized festivals with world-class musical offerings ranging from classical and bluegrass to jazz. And each takes place in a natural setting … Read more Summertime in Colorado: Music’s In the Air

Evergreen Eateries: A Full Range of Dining Options

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Less than 30 miles west of Denver, Evergreen, Colorado, is perfectly located between the metropolis and the mountains. The area is home to hiking trails, bike paths, scenic views — and more than a few restaurants to tempt your taste buds. So if you’re in town to stay or just passing through, set your sights … Read more Evergreen Eateries: A Full Range of Dining Options

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

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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 … Read more Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

Birding in Eastern Colorado: The Plover Trail

Birds make their migration trek through Colorado every spring and fall, and bird watchers make their own trek to see them. While Colorado offers many western mountain views, for bird lovers and binocular-toters, the Eastern Plains is the place to be. The Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado State Parks and several other nature organizations teamed … Read more Birding in Eastern Colorado: The Plover Trail

Visit Parker: Seven Ways to Have Fun

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If Parker hasn’t been in your travel plans lately, you may think the town 20 miles southeast of Denver is nothing more than an amorphous, fast-growing bedroom community. But the community of 48,000 people, which boasts a Western Victorian downtown, is making a name for itself as a cultural, recreational and artistic boomtown. Here are … Read more Visit Parker: Seven Ways to Have Fun

Grand Junction, Colorado: Pedal Your Way Through Paradise

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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 … Read more Grand Junction, Colorado: Pedal Your Way Through Paradise

Aurora Activities: From Active to Artistic

There was a movie about the things you can do in Denver when you’re dead but a better question would be what can you do when you’re alive in Aurora?  Nestled in between Denver and Buckley Air Force Base and just south of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, this city offers a number … Read more Aurora Activities: From Active to Artistic

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Fittingly for a former toxic site now made environmentally friendly, the new Visitor Center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was designed and built to be “green,” with outdoor solar panels, renewable cork flooring and Colorado beetle-kill wood. The $7.6 million Visitor Center opened in May 2011. After a massive $2+ billion cleanup … Read more Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

The O2 Lounge: Get a Whiff of This

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With the possible exception of people sitting around hooked up to oxygen hoses, there’s not much about the O2 Lounge that looks like a hospital. It’s an odd sight, really, to see so many people with oxygen reclining on plush leather couches while the stereo plays Bob Marley & The Wailers despite the snow coming … Read more The O2 Lounge: Get a Whiff of This

One Ski Hill Place: Luxury in Breckenridge

Downtown Breckenridge is the pride of Colorado mountain towns, offering a wonderful main street, fine dining, and shopping galore. Home to festivals and celebrations year round, the mountain community is known for its vibrant culture as well as its gentle skiing terrain. At the base of Peak 8 is One Ski Hill Place, an ultimate … Read more One Ski Hill Place: Luxury in Breckenridge