Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

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Mount Evans Scenic Byway Is Just 2 Hours From Denver Chilling winds whistle as byway travelers leave the comfort of their cars to scale the final 130 vertical feet to the summit of Mount Evans. The trail zigs and zags upward. Although the distance is only a quarter-mile, muscles burn and lungs crave oxygen. Within … Read more Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

Castlewood Canyon State Park: Enjoy Nature

Castlewood Canyon State Park: Enjoy Nature 1

 Castlewood Canyon State Park is a little-known spot that is sure to please any wildlife and nature enthusiast. This Douglas County state park, located south of Parker off Colorado Highway 83, is home to not only some of Colorado’s most magnificent plants and wildlife, but provides families with recreational opportunities. Among activities to be enjoyed … Read more Castlewood Canyon State Park: Enjoy Nature

5 Hikes Near Denver: See Colorado’s Beauty From the Top

5 Hikes Near Denver: See Colorado’s Beauty From the Top 5

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains attract hikers year-round with towering peaks, rushing whitewater and vibrant wildflowers. And with so many parks along the Front Range, Denver residents don’t need a congested drive on Interstate 70 to feel miles deep in Colorado’s natural beauty. South Table Mountain Cable cars once carried visitors up South Table Mountain’s hillside, and … Read more 5 Hikes Near Denver: See Colorado’s Beauty From the Top

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

A New Educational Angle for All Ages

A New Educational Angle for All Ages 8

Opening day at the new Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon was a resounding success last August, and a steady stream of visitors continues to visit the 5-acre non-profit facility, enriching their mountain experience whether as tourists or residents. Without a home of its own for more than 13 years, the center, formerly known as … Read more A New Educational Angle for All Ages

Mountain High: Colorado Dude Ranches

The last traces of snow have disappeared here in the Rockies, replaced by blooming wildflowers, shimmering aspen and the pure, warm breezes of summer. The temperate days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for hiking along mountain streams and horseback riding across valley pastures. Though thousands of skiers flock to Colorado each winter, summertime is … Read more Mountain High: Colorado Dude Ranches

A Weekend in Estes Park: Not Sheepish on Scenery

A Weekend in Estes Park: Not Sheepish on Scenery 14

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

Colorado Scenic Byways: Trail of the Ancients

On an arid, sage-studded plain, ancient towers stand like sentinels. Cliff dwellings nestle in alcoves in deep canyon walls. And symbols etched on rocks perplex modern wayfarers. These and other priceless vestiges of prehistoric communities grace the Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway. Situated in southwestern Colorado, the 114-mile route forms a semicircle … Read more Colorado Scenic Byways: Trail of the Ancients

Vail Valley: It’s Affordable

Vail Valley is synonymous with multi-million-dollar mansions, exclusive alpine clubs and elegant hotels. But don’t cross it off your list as an affordable vacation spot. This area, with beautiful mountain vistas, comfortable summer and fall temperatures, world-class skiing and a wide variety of shopping, art galleries and restaurants, is a destination that really shouldn’t be … Read more Vail Valley: It’s Affordable