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Chimney Rock: National Historic Site

Look south as you drive across U.S. 160 in southern Colorado, between Pagosa Springs and Durango. What appears to be a spire of rock rises from the landscape like a sword thrust through the earth’s crust. You might glimpse a sign that informs you that the turnoff for Chimney Rock is near. Take it. The site, open each year from…

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Long before tourists arrived, a lone Englishwoman explored the vastness of what is now Rocky Mountain National Park. Isabella Bird’s sojourn here came in the fall and early winter of 1873, not long after the mountain man and before the first pioneers built ranches here. She recorded her impressions in a book, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, waxing…

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Denver Botanic Gardens: Year-Round Oasis

There is always something to be seen year-round at the Denver Botanic Gardens, even in wintertime, when more than a million gleaming lights turn the Capitol Hill complex into a fantasyland. Located off East 10th Avenue and York Street, this oasis in the city features extensive plant displays, with specimens from all over the world. Outdoor plants are chosen for…

Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family 3

Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family

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 foothills outside Denver. South Valley…

St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure 4

St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure

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 snow doesn’t flow down the…

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Scenic Byway: Highway of Legends

A massive sandstone wall soars skyward from the grassy terrain. As it extends up a slope to the bald, gray Spanish Peaks, its pink, ochre and rust tones shimmer under the afternoon sun. Like spokes on a wheel, the Dakota Wall and more than 400 other rock formations radiate from the towering sentinels. Throughout human history, these unique formations, called…

Five Boulder Attractions You Can Enjoy for Free

 Boulder, Colorado vacations in the summer provide a wide mix of things to do, many of which center on the outdoors. With weather at its best in the summer months, you can spend much of your time exploring this beautiful community and the nature that surrounds it, all without paying a single cent. And, on the occasional rainy day, you…

Grand West Village Resort: For the Traveler Who Loves Choices

Perched at one of the highest points in the United States, Leadville offers scenic beauty and a bevy of mountain activities.  Offering up fifteen different lodging choices the Grand West Village resort provides the perfect venue for outdoor adventure seekers, couples, small groups, larger groups, and families on their Colorado vacation. For Larger Groups Grand West is perfect for couples…

A New Educational Angle for All Ages 6

A New Educational Angle for All Ages

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 Gore Range Natural Science School,…

Wildlife Experience: Intriguing Museum on Denver’s Prairie

Set in the rolling prairie on the south edge of Denver, the Wildlife Experience is a unique, diverse facility with a single-minded purpose: To promote the understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The museum in Parker accomplishes this goal in a fun, interactive way, with a variety of exhibits, programs and events for visitors of all ages dealing with…