Colorado Travel Guide

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Travel Snapshot: Summer Versus Winter in Steamboat Springs

August 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in February, we showed you photos from the best ski day of our lives, when we were blessed by blue skies that followed a huge snow storm in Steamboat Springs over Super Bowl weekend.

Then, as the snow melted in April, we explained why ski towns are also awesome during the summer months. Practicing what we preach, we paid a visit to Steamboat at the end of July for some mountain biking, and the result was an cool contrast that demonstrates why the mountains rock all year round. Skiing dominates the winter, but there's actually more to do in the summer, including biking, camping, hiking, climbing, and whitewater rafting.

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Easy Day Trips from Denver: Rafting the Little-Known Poudre River

July 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Action shot of our rafting trip down the Poudre River in Fort Collins

Colorado is often talked about during the winter months, when the snow falls and people travel from around the world to ski its slopes. Perhaps this is one reason why Fort Collins, despite being a mecca of beer brewing and the location of the most joked-about river in the state, has continued to fly under the radar. Because it doesn't have a ski hill and isn't a major city, it gets lost in the shuffle of Denver and the iconic mountain towns of Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge.

This is good news as far as we're concerned. Fort Collins is located only an hour's drive from Denver, but it seems more remote than that thanks to this aforementioned low profile. The locals are incredibly down-to-earth and genuine, and tourists that find their way to Fort Collins aren't there by accident or because they've heard about the town their entire lives. They've sought it out because of one reason or another, so there's an aspect of realness and authenticity to everyone you meet. We experienced two of those reasons this past weekend: Beer and underrated whitewater rafting.

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Did You Know? There's a Sahara-like Desert South of Denver

Where: Great Sand Dunes National Park [map], Mosca , Colorado, United States
June 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Great Sand Dunes National Park at sunset

With the calendar now on June and nighttime temperatures becoming more consistent, camping season is upon us across most of the country. Things are moving a bit slower in Colorado, though, as the snow-filled winter has translated into a wet, spring runoff that has left campsites and surrounding trails soggy.

But that doesn't mean we can't have a good adventure while we wait for things to dry out. In this travel snapshot, we feature Great Sand Dunes National Park, located four hours south of Denver. When things have the potential to be wet and sloppy during the spring or late fall, seek refuge amongst the gigantic sand dunes, where it is sure to be warm and dry.

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This is the Mother of All Ways to Experience the USA Pro Challenge

April 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fans of the cycling circuit are no doubt looking forward to this summer's USA Pro Challenge in Denver, when the world's best racers will take on an eight-city route through the Rocky Mountains, including Aspen, Crested Butte, Colorado Springs, Gunnison, Breckenridge, Vail, Denver, and Boulder. The typical spectator might hit one or two of them, but a company called NextGreatTrip has created the mother of all VIP itineraries for the race should you have an extra $9,500 lying around.

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Fun Fact: The 'Coors Light Mountains' Actually Exist

March 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you drink enough cheap beer, you are probably hip to the fact that Coors Light uses a mountain range not only as the background to its logo, but as an indicator of when your beer is cold enough to drink. When the mountains turn blue, the party begins.

Well, here's one for the next round of bar trivia: Those mountains actually exist, the design based off of Wilson Peak in the San Juan Mountains 11 miles west of Telluride, Colorado. Long before it became iconic with Coors, the range has been a scenic staple for those skiing Telluride Mountain.

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Monday, Five Thirty: This Nutty Beer is Brewed with Bull Testicles

Where: 1634 18th Street [map], Denver, Colorado , United States, 80202
March 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. Last week, we went to Grand Cayman to try out some of the local rum, Seven Fathoms, which is aged underwater. This week, we head to the Mile High City where one beer is brewed with an usual delicacy.

If you don't know what a Rocky Mountain Oyster is, we'll be blunt: It's a bull's testicle, and it is often eaten fried in the American West cattle-raising culture. We know, we know. It's hard to say who to feel worse for - the bull who lost the testicles, or the person who's putting them in their mouth.

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Utah Claims to Have the Greatest Snow on Earth, But How Does Steamboat's 'Champagne Powder' Compare?

February 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

We told you about the sexy, clothing-optional Strawberry hot springs and showed you photos of a pretty amazing ski day, but now it's time to get a little nerdy. For years, Utah has claimed to have "the greatest snow on earth" with its classic trademark, but Steamboat Springs and its "Champagne Powder" might have something to say about that.

We'll save you the science lesson, but what it all boils down to is the amount of water in the snow. A study conducted by the University of Utah concluded that while other areas may get similar snow fall, it is the low water content of Utah's powder (along with smart marketing) that gives it its worldwide reputation.

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Shred Bro! Here's a Pair of Skis You Won't See in Sochi

February 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Those crazy Coloradans are up to it again!

We gave you the scoop on how to buy pot legally in Colorado, and although smoking marijuana isn't technically allowed on the slopes, you can now showcase your bro-tastic apres habit thanks to the new "Juicy Fruit" design from Folsom Custom Skis out of Denver.

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Photo: The Most Beautiful Ski Day of Our Lives

February 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Over a foot of new snowfall dropped on Steamboat Springs prior to Super Bowl weekend, setting up deep runs through its infamous trees on Saturday. The locals refer to the area's snow as "Champagne Powder" (which we'll tell you about later), but it was when the storm passed that things got epic.

Every skier/boarder loves a good snowfall, but one thing that gets sacrificed on the account of a storm is the views and scenery on the mountain. When we woke up on Sunday morning, the clouds had cleared to reveal what is known as a "blue-bird sky" in ski lingo, providing a striking contrast with the white of the snow that had caked on to the Aspen and pine trees. Because the Broncos had yet to embarrass themselves, hope was indeed heavy in the thin Rocky Mountain air.

As we begin February and settle in for the last home stretch of winter, we thought a glimpse of how beautiful it can be would do you well.

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Where to Find Colorado's 'Clothing Optional' Hot Springs

Where: 44200 County Road #36 [map], Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States, 80487
February 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM | by | Comments (3)

Taking a soak in a hot tub after a day on the slopes is a classic apres-ski activity, and while the modern whirlpool at the hotel will do the trick, many Colorado towns offer the option of going all natural in a mountain hot spring.

Now, to be fair, this is a double-edged sword. The hot springs are "natural," meaning that the heated water is coming from the ground, but the infrastructure is man-made, added to make it more accessible, such as handrails, stairs, concrete walkways, etc. This creates a fusion that lands somewhere between mountain and modern, and sometimes it works out better than others in terms of the atmosphere it creates. Some seem really phony (cough, Glenwood Hot Springs, cough), and others, like Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat, are really well done.

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We Just Bought Pot Legally in Colorado, And You Can Too... Here's the Scoop

Where: 1736 Downing Street [map], Denver, Colorado, United States, 80218
January 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

With all the questions surrounding the process of buying pot in Colorado, we had no choice but to get a glimpse for ourselves. So we sent our Assistant Editor Will McGough and photographer Ryan Dearth to the Health Center in Denver to cut through the cloud of smoke surrounding the State's newly legalized recreational activity.

Find Your Local Farmer

There are currently over three dozen independently owned and operated stores in the Denver met area from which to choose. Each offers its own unique product from its own growers, so for the most part, no two stores carry the same marijuana. Having no bias, we threw a dart and landed on the Health Center located near Capitol Hill, the "hippiest" of Denver's inner-city neighborhoods.

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Photos: Wide Open Terrain Highlights Breck's New Peak 6

January 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We dished on the details when Breckenridge Ski Resort opened its new 543-acre "Peak 6" on Christmas, and earlier this month we had the chance to hit the slopes and check it out for ourselves.

For those wondering about the significance of the name "Peak 6," it is simply following a pattern of naming that Breckenridge has used for some time. Peak 6 joins the already existing Peak 10, Peak 9, Peak 8, and Peak 7, so apparently the resort is going backwards down the number line, from left to right on the trail map.

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