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Hang on, water-riders, the Arkansas River rafting is fine
Hang on, water-riders, the Arkansas River rafting is fine

By: Michelle Karas - 0 Fri, May 18, 2018

The Arkansas River has some of the nation's best rafting. Browns Canyon near Buena Vista, Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Salida and Royal Gorge in Cañon City...

Wet Mountains pack trip for wanna-be cowboys
Wet Mountains pack trip for wanna-be cowboys

By: Michelle Karas - 0 Thu, May 17, 2018

Get your “City Slickers” fix at one of Colorado’s oldest ranches, Bear Basin Packtrips (Bearbasinpacktrips.com) in Westcliffe. Set in the picturesque...

Fremont County’s Royal Gorge makes lasting impression
Fremont County’s Royal Gorge makes lasting impression

By: Michelle Karas - 0 Thu, May 17, 2018

You have to see the bridge to believe it, and it’s hard to miss the vast and beautifully engineered structure stretching across the gaping yawn of...

Tramp only 1 mile to beloved Hanging Lake
Tramp only 1 mile to beloved Hanging Lake

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, May 17, 2018

Hanging Lake has become the epicenter of "loved-to-death" fears across Colorado's premier nature zones, resulting in land managers' plan to cap daily...

Deep, dark, divine - Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Deep, dark, divine - Black Canyon of the Gunnison

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, May 17, 2018

The eye candy is endless at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Blue water threads a verdant floor, through corridors of sheer rock walls and...

78 fairs and rodeos in Colorado
78 fairs and rodeos in Colorado

By: Carlotta Olson - 0 Thu, May 17, 2018

FAIRS AND RODEOS - Denver - Capitol Hill People's Fair: Arts and crafts, food, entertainment and more. June 1-3, Civic Center Park, Denver;...

Unfurl your fly-fishing lines
Unfurl your fly-fishing lines

By: Michelle Karas - 0 Wed, May 16, 2018

Colorado's more than 6,000 miles of streams and rivers afford plenty of awe-inspiring fly-fishing spots. In the scenic Yampa Valley near Steamboat...

Rock climbing in the Flatirons
Rock climbing in the Flatirons

By: Michelle Karas - 0 Tue, May 15, 2018

The Flatirons, the iconic rock formations looming above Boulder, are a challenge to any rock climber. Flatirons North, Flatirons Central and Flatirons...

Spin those mountain bike wheels on famed Fruita trails
Spin those mountain bike wheels on famed Fruita trails

By: Michelle Karas - 0 Mon, May 14, 2018

Jere's Colorado's answer to Utah's Moab for hundreds of miles of excellent singletrack mountain-biking trails. Summer heat hits triple digits, so take...

Ride a historic, narrow-gauge train through jaw-dropping scenery
Ride a historic, narrow-gauge train through jaw-dropping scenery

By: Michelle Karas - 0 Mon, May 14, 2018

Take a step back in time and onto a locomotive to explore 45 miles of railway on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The historic...

Hike and explore where top hits were recorded, at Caribou Ranch
Hike and explore where top hits were recorded, at Caribou Ranch

By: Jen Mulson - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

Near Nederland rests the Caribou Ranch recording studio, once used by Elton John, Michael Jackson, U2, Billy Joel, Beach Boys and others. Jim Guercio...

Denver Botanic Gardens always in bloom
Denver Botanic Gardens always in bloom

By: Seth Boster - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

As if Colorado's capital weren't spoiled enough with amenities, the Denver Botanic Gardens consistently rank as among the nation's finest. The 24-acre...

Colorado National Monument, treasure of the West
Colorado National Monument, treasure of the West

By: Seth Boster - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

Add Rim Rock Drive to your itinerary. Colorado National Monument's famed road weaves through a timeless western landscape, climbing over the Colorado...

Beer cans put to excellent use
Beer cans put to excellent use

By: Seth Boster - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

Sure, Colorado has more impressive castles, including the Bishop. But nothing is quite like Cano's. It rises from a residential street in Antonito, the...

A water wonderland awaits at Blue Mesa
A water wonderland awaits at Blue Mesa

By: Seth Boster - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

No, Colorado's biggest body of water didn't materialize naturally. A dam built in 1966 is to thank for the Blue Mesa Reservoir sprawling across 9,180...

Ready? Set? Dive! It's Casa Bonita time
Ready? Set? Dive! It's Casa Bonita time

By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

It's that family fun place everyone has to visit at least once. Casa Bonita is a big, pink, Southwestern fun center with cliff divers, waterfall and,...

Ho, ho, ho your way through the North Pole
Ho, ho, ho your way through the North Pole

By: Linda Navarro - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

Merry Christmas all the time at the North Pole. The kids won't forget this mountainside amusement park - the candy cane slide, a tame roller-coaster...

Head deep into Gold Mountain as old-time miners did
Head deep into Gold Mountain as old-time miners did

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Fri, May 11, 2018

A tour of the Bachelor Syracuse Mine in Ouray (pronounced YOU-ray) - a Victorian town that is a National Historic Site in its entirety - will take you...

One man's vision springs toward sky
One man's vision springs toward sky

By: Seth Boster - 0 Fri, May 11, 2018

Jim Bishop and his castle are the definition of "Colorful Colorado." Bishop, a lifelong Pueblo resident, acquired property off Colorado 165 as a teen...

See how the Anasazi lived at richest archaeological finds
See how the Anasazi lived at richest archaeological finds

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Fri, May 11, 2018

About 30,000 archaeological sites - villages, field houses, reservoirs, great kivas, cliff dwellings, shrines, sacred springs, sweat lodges and more -...