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

Chicago Basin: A Photographers Dream

If the Mobil Travel Guides rated wilderness, Chicago Basin would certainly garner five stars. It is nestled high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, one of the most rugged and seductive alpine regions to be found in the 48 contiguous states. At 11,000 feet above sea level, its long, terraced valley is filled … Read more Chicago Basin: A Photographers Dream

Roaming Durango with Kids: From Rails to Rafting

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If Durango is your family’s summer vacation destination, start planning your itinerary now to experience the best kid-friendly activities available in this historic mountain town. Durango has such an abundance of fun things for kids to do, you’ll have a tough time choosing where to begin your adventure. Here are two of Durango’s best summer … Read more Roaming Durango with Kids: From Rails to Rafting

Get a Glimpse of the Old West in Canon City Hotels

Cañon City, Colorado serves as an excellent base for a trip to the Royal Gorge region of Colorado. Located two hours to the south of Denver and 45 minutes from Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge area is a premier destination for those who love the outdoors. Train rides through the mountains, whitewater rafting through the … Read more Get a Glimpse of the Old West in Canon City Hotels

Canon City Adventures Conjure Up An Appetite

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If you are considering Cañon City, Colorado as a vacation spot, then you need to plan some time to truly experience the magnificence of this gorge. From the spine-tingling experience of defying death on the bridge to taking a ride on the Royal Gorge Railroad, you can get a taste of the Old West and … Read more Canon City Adventures Conjure Up An Appetite

On Track: Hop a Ride Into the Past

Few sounds evoke Colorado’s history more than the mournful call of a train whistle echoing through a canyon. You still can hear that sound in many of the state’s mountain towns. It was by train that many settlers came, that miners plied their trade and commerce got its foothold on the state. It was by … Read more On Track: Hop a Ride Into the Past

Bob LeMassena: Letting Off Steam at Railroad Museum

Bob LeMassena told me his age with a smile and a gleam in his eye, as if letting me in on a long-kept secret. “I’m still young,” he said. Bob is 93. And then he quoted the first line of a Samuel Ullman poem: “Youth is not a time of life, it is a state … Read more Bob LeMassena: Letting Off Steam at Railroad Museum

On Track to Silverton: Snaking Through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains

Slowing to a motion-numbing 8 miles per hour, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train creeps along a narrow ledge. Cliffs tower on one side, plummet down the other. The Animas River surges 400 feet below. White froth caps its turbulent, beryl-green current. As we round a broad curve, the black, coal-belching locomotive chugs … Read more On Track to Silverton: Snaking Through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains

Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals

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Set against the rising foothills of the Rockies, Cañon City enjoys a temperate climate, some of the most dramatic scenery in Colorado and numerous tourist attractions that will keep visitors busy. And it’s all 115 miles southwest of Denver. Dinosaurs walked here, and the proof is in the footprints, replicated for visitors to view at … Read more Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals

Forney Museum: Denver’s Transportation Hall of Fame

Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation displays the best of transportation history, from locomotives, to automobiles, to horse-drawn carriages and other antique forms of travel. Located off Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard, near the Denver Coliseum, the museum rotates items from its stored collection and temporary exhibits, so there is always something new to see, says … Read more Forney Museum: Denver’s Transportation Hall of Fame

Colorado’s Western Slope: Land of Valleys and Canyons

Colorado’s Western Slope offers a terrain of bold beauty and ageless history. In this realm of bluffs and buttes dinosaurs once roamed, cliff-dwellers farmed and miners sluiced streams in an elusive search for wealth. For the summer visitor, the ground between mountains and desert typically features brilliant days and balmy nights. Adventurers have trails to … Read more Colorado’s Western Slope: Land of Valleys and Canyons