River Rafting: High-Country Thrills and Spills on the Colorado River

The record snowmelt in the Colorado Rockies this summer means action-packed river rafting. And if your teenager is addicted to adventure and virtually fearless, this is the ideal time to enjoy some family togetherness on a raft in the middle of a rushing river. River rafting is ideal for families with teens — just enough … Read more River Rafting: High-Country Thrills and Spills on the Colorado River

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

The Scoop on Denver Hotspot: Little Man Ice Cream

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As much as we love Denver’s nonstop sunshine, some hot summer days require a way to beat the heat. Little Man Ice Cream’s frosty ice creams, gelatos and sorbets are summertime favorites for residents of Denver’s trendy Highland neighborhood. The shop, shaped like a giant metal milk can, is tucked behind modern Mexican restaurant hotspot … Read more The Scoop on Denver Hotspot: Little Man Ice Cream

Berry Patch Farms: Pick a Peck in Brighton, Colorado

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There’s an old Zen tale of a man who, while running from a tiger, grabbed onto a vine and went over a cliff. While hanging, he looked over and saw a strawberry hanging on the vine. He plucked and ate it. It was the sweetest strawberry he’d ever tasted. Lucky for me, I’m able to … Read more Berry Patch Farms: Pick a Peck in Brighton, Colorado

Crested Butte: Colorado’s ‘UnAspen’

No opulent mansions mark the edge of Crested Butte. Its downtown business district features not one Gucci store, Prada boutique, Gap shop or Polo Ralph Lauren emporium. Locals commute on bikes, celebrities wander paparazzi-free, and the only furs seen are still attached to the critters that grew them. Unassuming, unpretentious and unextravagant, Crested Butte hails … Read more Crested Butte: Colorado’s ‘UnAspen’

Scenic Byway: West Elk Loop

Soaring mountain peaks, fathomless canyons, vast forests, crystalline reservoirs, verdant river valleys, teeming fruit orchards — these diverse sights and more beautify the West Elk Loop. Shaped like a rope with a lasso at its end, the route stretches south from Carbondale for 50 miles and then circles around the West Elk Mountains. Those who … Read more Scenic Byway: West Elk Loop

Chaffee County, Colorado: A Boomer Paradise

“We may not be as young as we were, but we’re still cool,” says the oh-so-mellow voice on the radio. That’s the slogan for Hippie Radio, the local station in Chaffee County, Colorado, home to Buena Vista, Salida, Poncha Springs and Monarch Mountain ski area, some three hours southwest of Denver. I smiled when I … Read more Chaffee County, Colorado: A Boomer Paradise

Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble

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The 1890s gold-rush boom town of Cripple Creek, on the back side of Pikes Peak, had nearly become a Colorado ghost town by the mid-20th century. Weekends, weak streams of visitors would meander up Ute Pass to the funky shops, odd little restaurants or, in summer, the melodrama. Then came the advent of limited stakes … Read more Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble

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 … Read more Chimney Rock: National Historic Site