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Forney Museum: Denver’s Transportation Hall of Fame

Car lovers and history buffs will love the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver. It’s a must-see for your next trip to the Mile High City. 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…

Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville 1

Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville

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. All three were once precious-metal…

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 with grassy meadows, frequently ablaze…

Roaming Durango with Kids: From Rails to Rafting 2

Roaming Durango with Kids: From Rails to Rafting

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 activities to help you get…

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 gorge, and, of course, the…

Canon City Adventures Conjure Up An Appetite 3

Canon City Adventures Conjure Up An Appetite

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 the true depth of this…

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 train that schoolteachers, preachers and…

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 of mind,” adding, “I live…

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 into full view. Although warned…

Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals 8

Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals

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 the Dinosaur Depot downtown. In…