Family-Friendly Glenwood Springs: Adventures for Everyone

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My heart clutches in my stomach as I watch my husband and two daughters swing 1,300 feet out over the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. “Look mom, no hands,” one of my daughters shrieks. They’re securely belted in, and throwing their hands up in the air while screaming their lungs out is all part of … Read more Family-Friendly Glenwood Springs: Adventures for Everyone

Historic Breckenridge: Explore Its Victorian Heritage

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Historic Breckenridge, Colorado, well-known as a four-season playground for outdoor enthusiasts, takes its history seriously. The core area of the town itself is a National Historic District. The Breckenridge Welcome Center doubles as a two-story museum. Many of the 19th century homes are now museumsor designated historic sites. Tearing down historic buildings, even those in … Read more Historic Breckenridge: Explore Its Victorian Heritage

Colorado River Headwaters

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High in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado River is a mere ribbon of water as it starts flowing westward, gathering momentum, breadth and depth on the descent. The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway accompanies this treasured water source for about 80 miles of its 1,450-mile journey to the Gulf of California. As … Read more Colorado River Headwaters

Girls’ Getaway: Take to the Nordic Trails

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In her native Sweden, Berit Daniels was just 2 when she first strapped on a pair of cross-country skis. “I’d shuffle around in my yard making loops in the snow,” she says. Nearly 40 years later, Daniels makes loops regularly on the scenic Spring Gulch Nordic trails, just a stone’s throw from her Carbondale home. … Read more Girls’ Getaway: Take to the Nordic Trails

A Winter Wonderland

The little sorrel mare plunges joyfully through the powdery drifts, like a carousel horse freed from its pole. Her shaggy winter coat is frosted with snow and when she pauses at the hilltop, she snorts steam and her sides heave with the effort. Yet, she pulls at the reins, seeming eager to push on. But … Read more A Winter Wonderland

Ski Vacations, Colorado Style: The Lodge at Vail

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For all of my Colorado-born life, skiing has meant several things: Getting up early, throwing the skis in the car, fighting the Interstate 70 traffic and then schlepping same skis from the car to the slopes. Skiing, in general, meant a lot of work. Of course, it was always worth it — powdery white snow, … Read more Ski Vacations, Colorado Style: The Lodge at Vail

Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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The sun has set and the nearly full moon will soon be rising over the Colorado peaks. Skiers and snowshoers group outside the lodge at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, bindings latched and stomachs churning. It’s time to eat. They are the first wave of participants on the annual Grand Huts Association progressive dinner at Devil’s Thumb … Read more Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Best Ski Areas for Beginners

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When I look back at my first attempts at skiing, I wonder how I ever made it past the snowplow. I was on long, straight heavy metal skis, wore borrowed boy’s lace-up leather boots, Stephen Bradley hadn’t invented grooming yet, the teacher was my boyfriend and the rope tow at Loveland nearly shaved the skin … Read more Best Ski Areas for Beginners

Keystone for Families: 10 Ways to Have Fun

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A family ski trip to explore the snow-capped mountains of Colorado is an exciting adventure. But finding a one-stop resort to entertain adults and kids alike can be a daunting endeavor. One answer comes from Keystone Resort, stretching across three mountains and offering one of the most kid-friendly locations above 9,000 feet. We’ve compiled a … Read more Keystone for Families: 10 Ways to Have Fun

The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch

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Perched atop a sloping hillside above the town of Avon, Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch hotel melds luxury accommodations with the majestic spirit of the Rocky Mountains. Opened in 2002 with 180 rooms, The Ritz is nestled into Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain. Upon arriving, guests can cast off the winter chill in front … Read more The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch

Full-Moon Snowshoeing

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I love snowshoeing. I love the sound of nothing but aluminum crampons crunching over a packed trail, and, even better, the thumping of 25-inch tails on fresh powder. I love the solitude; the cold, high-mountain winter air and the reward of blazing new trail that I know others will follow. It wasn’t until I started … Read more Full-Moon Snowshoeing

Cross Orchards Historic Farm

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Cross Orchards Historic Farm, tucked into the eastern edge of Grand Junction, is a working apple farm and historic site that gives visitors a glimpse of farming life in the Grand Valley in the early 1900s. In its prime, the ranch was operated by the Red Cross Land and Fruit Company, and the orchard was … Read more Cross Orchards Historic Farm

Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

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 Have you ever considered visiting Vail, Colorado, in the summer or fall? While the mountain may feel like the primary draw, with skiing being the premier activity, there is much to see and do in the Vail Valley when the snows melt. In fact, the Valley itself is a primary attraction, with outdoor activities welcoming … Read more Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

Keystone Ghost Towns

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 Keystone’s reputation as an outstanding skiing and mountain biking region often overshadows other fun things to do in Summit County, but whether you visit during winter or summer, you’ll find plenty of recreation options besides these two popular activities. If you’re looking for a family-friendly entertainment option, exploring nearby ghost towns can be a fascinating … Read more Keystone Ghost Towns