Colorado's gold rush brought humanity and hardship to these rocky mountains. Mining towns popped up by the dozen, but just as quickly found themselves abandoned as the politics of man and nature shifted. The 11 ghost towns on our list might be haunted by the past, but it isn't hard to find the beauty in these booms gone bust.
Ride the rails on the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, the longest and loftiest narrow-gauge route remaining in the United States.
Want to know where the wildflowers grow? Every summer, Colorado's mountainsides explode in a Technicolor flora supernova.
Students in Jay Young’s gator-wrestling class, at his Colorado family farm, might be thrill-seekers, but by wrestling the reptiles, they’re also helping move the animals so they can be treated for illness or injuries.
The Air Force equivalent of West Point may be just a stone's throw from Colorado Springs, but for basics at the academy, there is still a long blue line to walk before they can earn their wings.
Hummingbirds dart in and out of view in the blink of an eye, their wings beating 60 times a second. Photographer Dick Orleans uses skill and patience to capture fleeting images of the tiny travelers that have flown across the continent for a springtime sojourn in the Rockies.
Humans are just visitors in Dominguez Canyon Wilderness area, south of Grand junction; only animals live here full-time.
The Devil's Backbone may look - and sound - intimidating, but this unusual stretch of craggy rock offers Coloradans a heavenly time on the outskirts of Loveland.