Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville

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Leadville, at nearly 2 miles above sea level, is one of Colorado’s loftiest living mineral towns. The community of 2,800 sits at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet and lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Opulent Aspen rises 29 Learjet miles to the west. Trendy Breckenridge sits even closer toward the northeast. … Read more Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville

Chautauqua Park: Boulder’s Historic Landmark and Hangout

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  Historic Chautauqua Park, once part of a vast circuit of summer educational retreats across America, offers hiking, dining, lodging and cultural events. The Colorado landmark has transformed itself into a Boulder hangout at the base of the dramatic foothills known as the Flatirons. When songsters aren’t strumming their guitars and filling the park with … Read more Chautauqua Park: Boulder’s Historic Landmark and Hangout

Celestial Seasonings: Something’s Brewing in Boulder

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Visitors to Celestial Seasonings in Boulder can tour the factory and also enjoy original art, shop for tea-related goodies and learn more about this environmentally conscious organization. From its humble beginnings more than 35 years ago when founder Mo Siegel picked herbs somewhere outside Aspen and brewed up tea in his kitchen, the company has … Read more Celestial Seasonings: Something’s Brewing in Boulder

Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake

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 Grand Lake, Colorado is situated in the heart of the Colorado Rockies and stands as the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This historic community offers a blend of restaurants and shops lining an authentic western boardwalk, so you can feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl during your visit. One way to truly … Read more Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake

Colorado River: Paddling Through God’s Country

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 Colorado was built for people who love the outdoors. And what’s not to like? With almost 300 sunny days a year and some of the best scenery in the country, it’s the perfect place for adventure lovers. But there are some of us, dare I admit it, who aren’t always out there climbing fourteeners, mountain … Read more Colorado River: Paddling Through God’s Country

Fort Collins: More Than a College Town

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The northern Colorado town of Fort Collins may not be the first place that pops into mind when you think “weekend getaway,” but maybe it should. This Front Range college town, home to Colorado State University, is accessible – close to the mountains without the tricky mountain driving – and has lots of good shopping … Read more Fort Collins: More Than a College Town

Eight Romantic Getaways

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  This time, be the one who kisses. Treat your honey to an outing like no other. Here are eight romantic places and things to do in Colorado. We hope you’ll pick one and make some memories. Evergreen Highland Haven Creekside Inn Remember when you carved your sweetheart’s initials on a tree? Surprise her with … Read more Eight Romantic Getaways

The Gatherhouse-Glassblowing

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It’s called Gatherhouse, after the glassblowing term of gathering, or collecting molten glass from the furnace. Here at this Frisco studio and gallery, the name seems to have a second meaning. Minutes ago I was helping stretch an orange and yellow gob of hot glass into 15-foot rod, no thicker than my little finger. Now … Read more The Gatherhouse-Glassblowing

On the Arkansas: Colorado White-Knuckle Adventure

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The river crashes down a churning channel of froth and foam, pummeling boulders and slamming cliffs. A rubber raft aims straight for the turbulence. Entering in the mayhem, the boat bucks and buckles like a Brahma bull. Water flies, waves crash and paddle-wielding passengers scream in delight. This is what they paid for – a … Read more On the Arkansas: Colorado White-Knuckle Adventure

Two-Mile High Leadville: Rich with Mining History

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Feverish mining activity in the late 1800s put Leadville, Colorado on the map. Its rich mines of lead, gold, silver, and other ores produced billions during its heyday and turned many miners, like Silver King Horace Tabor into millionaires. In 1879, this mining magnate built Leadville the Tabor Opera House, which was once billed as … Read more Two-Mile High Leadville: Rich with Mining History

Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family

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With the abundance of mountains and variety of terrain that Colorado offers, there are places close to home that shouldn’t be overlooked when planning your next family expedition. If you’re seeking intricate geological features, trickling streams or great views above the city, consider the numerous trails and parks Jefferson County Open Space offers in the … Read more Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family

Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop

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In the heart of the San Juan Mountains, the Alpine Loop Scenic and Historic Byway traverses sweeping tundra landscapes and crests two alpine passes. Tiny, fragile flowers hug sheer slopes tinged with cinnamon and saffron hues. On lower elevations, creeks gurgle through forested canyons. The 63-mile backcountry route connects Lake City with Silverton and Ouray. … Read more Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop

Montrose: Colorado’s Gateway to the Southwest

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If you’re headed to the Four Corners area of Colorado, chances are you’ll pass through Montrose. If so, take time to stop and appreciate this hospitable town with a few choice diversions. It’s the closest town to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, one of the nation’s newest national parks and worth a day of … Read more Montrose: Colorado’s Gateway to the Southwest

Olympic Training Center: Going for the Gold in Colorado Springs

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Not everyone can afford to go to the Olympic Games. But fans still can get an Olympic thrill or two by visiting the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. You might even run into someone famous — or about to be famous. Check out the faces as these young athletes walk by. Do it … Read more Olympic Training Center: Going for the Gold in Colorado Springs

St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure

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One of Colorado’s more attractive scenes is St. Mary’s Glacier, located in Clear Creek County, less than an hour’s drive west of Denver. It’s close enough for a day trip, yet far enough away to lose yourself in the quiet mountain serenity. Technically, St. Mary’s Glacier isn’t a glacier because the mass of ice and … Read more St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure