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

Spend Time Outdoors in Estes Park

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 The main draw to people who plan to visit Estes Park, Colorado, is the vast number of outdoor activities and attractions the area provides. As the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, it has numerous areas where you can spend hours enjoying the beauty of Colorado’s mountain range. As you are planning for your Colorado … Read more Spend Time Outdoors in Estes Park

Manitou Springs, Colorado

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Visitors to Manitou Springs once immersed themselves in the ‘60s hippie culture while indulging in old-fashioned entertainment. You can still do that, but the new Manitou, 4 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is more “hippie chic” than “hippie chick.” You still can buy tacky souvenirs, hemp clothing and patchouli incense, eat saltwater taffy and … Read more Manitou Springs, Colorado

Castlewood Canyon State Park: Enjoy Nature

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 Castlewood Canyon State Park is a little-known spot that is sure to please any wildlife and nature enthusiast. This Douglas County state park, located south of Parker off Colorado Highway 83, is home to not only some of Colorado’s most magnificent plants and wildlife, but provides families with recreational opportunities. Among activities to be enjoyed … Read more Castlewood Canyon State Park: Enjoy Nature

Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family

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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 … Read more Jefferson County Open Spaces: Trails for the Whole Family

Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop

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In the heart of the San Juan Mountains, the Alpine Loop Scenic and Historic Byway traverses sweeping tundra landscapes and crests two alpine passes. Tiny, fragile flowers hug sheer slopes tinged with cinnamon and saffron hues. On lower elevations, creeks gurgle through forested canyons. The 63-mile backcountry route connects Lake City with Silverton and Ouray. … Read more Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop

Discovering the Beauty of Picture Rock Trail

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Since Boulder County’s Picture Rock Trail was completed in 2008, mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders have been able to guide their way through woods and meadows, encountering spectacular mountain views along the 5.2-mile multi-use trail between Lefthand Canyon and Lyons. The trail twists and turns in a southerly direction, while climbing through the high … Read more Discovering the Beauty of Picture Rock Trail

5 Hikes Near Denver: See Colorado’s Beauty From the Top

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Colorado’s Rocky Mountains attract hikers year-round with towering peaks, rushing whitewater and vibrant wildflowers. And with so many parks along the Front Range, Denver residents don’t need a congested drive on Interstate 70 to feel miles deep in Colorado’s natural beauty. South Table Mountain Cable cars once carried visitors up South Table Mountain’s hillside, and … Read more 5 Hikes Near Denver: See Colorado’s Beauty From the Top

The Wild Animal Sanctuary: Keeping Creatures Safe in Keenesburg

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Lions and tigers and bears – plus wolves, bobcats, coyotes and other large carnivores – call the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, home. The sanctuary, 30 miles northeast of Denver, provides 320 acres of grassland habitat and shelters to more than 200 animals rescued from horrible living conditions around the world. Visitors can see … Read more The Wild Animal Sanctuary: Keeping Creatures Safe in Keenesburg

Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

In an alpine meadow carpeted with lush grasses, newborn white-spotted elk frolic under the watchful eyes of their mothers. Travelers edge their cars onto the shoulder of Trail Ridge Road, opening their windows to gaze at the endearing wildlife “nursery.” Around another bend, snow-mantled Never Summer Range scrapes the sky. Such wondrous sites unfold as … Read more Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

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Every time Nick Miller, manager at Krabloonik Kennels, starts to hitch up his team, they go crazy. “They love it,” Miller says. “As soon as they realize they’re going out, they get excited, even if they’ve already been out that day.” Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in many Colorado mountain towns and ski areas as … Read more Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

Birding in Eastern Colorado: The Plover Trail

Birds make their migration trek through Colorado every spring and fall, and bird watchers make their own trek to see them. While Colorado offers many western mountain views, for bird lovers and binocular-toters, the Eastern Plains is the place to be. The Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado State Parks and several other nature organizations teamed … Read more Birding in Eastern Colorado: The Plover Trail

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Fittingly for a former toxic site now made environmentally friendly, the new Visitor Center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was designed and built to be “green,” with outdoor solar panels, renewable cork flooring and Colorado beetle-kill wood. The $7.6 million Visitor Center opened in May 2011. After a massive $2+ billion cleanup … Read more Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Discover Serenity at Baxter’s on the Creek B&B

Traveling is often hectic. That’s one of the reasons why I always try to give myself a special treat when I’m traveling. Recently I was treated better than I expected when I first started looking for lodging in Idaho Springs. Sometimes you get an urge to just get away and relax, and although there is … Read more Discover Serenity at Baxter’s on the Creek B&B

Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature in Lakewood Parks

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Looking for something to do on a beautiful day? Whether you want to get out by yourself or are searching for family activities in Lakewood, Crown Hill Park should be on your list of destinations. The wildlife sanctuary won’t open until July, but the rest of the park can be fully enjoyed and a lot … Read more Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature in Lakewood Parks