Tag: hiking

Celebrating a Big Anniversary with Colorado Monument

The year 2011 was a big year for the Colorado National Monument, and a big year for us.  My husband and I celebrated 5 years while we visited Colorado National Monument, and Colorado National Monument celebrated 100 years thanks to John Otto, who was the first custodian of Colorado National Monument. In 1907, Otto wrote, “I came here last year…

Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing 4

Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing

With 878 acres of open space along the South Platte River, the park offers children and adults the opportunity to experience activities such as hiking, mountain biking and canoeing, as well as the chance to see over 300 species of wildlife. Fishing is also popular in the park’s five lakes and the 2.5-mile stretch of the South Platte River that…

Mount Evans Wilderness: High Altitude, High Adventure

At 14,264 feet, Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s most well-known peaks and is part of the vast Mount Evans Wilderness, whose boundaries start about 35 miles west of Denver. With 74,400 acres stretching from Echo Lake to Grant, the wilderness is a great place to forget about the city and enjoy some high-altitude trails. Above 14,000 feet, alpine tundra…

Summer in Telluride: 5 Ways to Play

Snow. Winter. Skiing. These are some of the best reasons to live in Colorado. But summer in the Colorado Rockies is even more magical. We have those few short weeks when we can don our shorts, savor the warm summer sun on our shoulders and play in the mountains to our hearts’ content. And one our favorite places to pass…

Colorado Lakes: Three Ways to Explore

When it comes to lakes, Colorado may not have the largest or the most, but the state can comfortably boast of having some of the loveliest high-altitude bodies of water in America. Some can be explored by car, while others require effort before their charms are revealed. With hundreds to choose from, the toughest part may be deciding where to…

Great Sand Dunes: Colorado’s Beach Without the Ocean

Sunset casts its golden light and eerie shadows across the vast sand dunes. We have just arrived, and feel like we should kick off our hiking boots and dig our toes into the silky sand. But no, it’s only about 40 degrees now, and it will get lots colder once the sun dips behind the San Juan Mountains. I shoot…

A Yurt for the Night: In Colorado’s Snow Country

Like diamond dust sprayed on black velvet, shattered particles of light glisten in a crystalline winter sky. Overhead, the Milky Way spills a swath of creamy luminescence that flows through the celestial hemisphere. Stars glimmer with galactic intensity, undimmed by the glare of civilization. I stand mesmerized by the spectacle so seldom seen by city dwellers and condo-confined skiers. I…

Colorado Mountain Club: Leading the Way Through the Rockies

One of Denver’s major draws is its proximity to the mountains. But to some residents, the concepts of high-altitude safety and basic trail etiquette can be a little intimidating. Enter the Colorado Mountain Club. Headquartered in Golden, the club provides adventure education and recreational opportunities for everyone from the newbie day hiker to the ultra-experienced mountaineer. While some classes are…

Springtime in Rifle: 5 Ways to Have Fun

Rifle, Colorado, may be best known as a top hunting destination and outdoorsmen’s western retreat. But it’s also a scenic destination, with the Bookcliff Mountains as a backdrop and the Colorado River roaring alongside. Rifle is in the Colorado River Valley, about 26 miles west of Glenwood Springs. The area is surrounded by mesas, canyons and state parks, where trees…

Horseshoe Lodge: Sleep Among Nature

Tucked into the rolling, Ponderosa-studded foothills 25 miles west of Pueblo is the newly restored Horseshoe Lodge, part of the recently renovated Visitors’ Center in Pueblo Mountain Park. Though the park is just south of the town of Beulah, it’s a Pueblo city park. Eleven guest rooms in the center’s west wing opened in October and are available year-round for…