“Where the West Lives” is Golden’s motto, but come December, it might as well be “Where the West Meets the North Pole.” Santa Claus must be neglecting other towns, because he seems to spend an inordinate amount of time in Golden.
Golden treasure awaits on the autumn road from Cañon City to Cripple Creek. The mountains are rich with historic gold mines, golden aspen leaves and glittering coins at casinos.
From vistas of golden aspens under snowcapped mountains to scenes of slithering rivers on the plains lined by cottonwoods, Colorado is full of fall photo opportunities. September and October are the peak months to go leaf-peeping. Here are eight great spots spanning the state to capture autumn with a camera.
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.
Pagosa Springs doesn’t end at the city limits. The people who live here feel an intimate connection to the river, the forests, the mountains and the ski slopes just up the road at Wolf Creek Pass.
The rock walls of Canyon Pintado have served as a massive canvas for thousands of years, preserving the history of the land and it's people against both natural and human destruction.
The Ute Indians first discovered the 124-degree mineral water bubbling from the Earth at Glenwood Springs. Since then, everyone from U.S. presidents to Molly Brown has come here to experience the water’s healing powers.
Millions of tourists visit Colorado each year with a short list of things to see while they’re here: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Estes Park, the Coors brewery and the like. But for some 'elongate collectors', the pilgrimage to these locations is made to obtain more than just new memories.
As you walk down Main street in Trinidad, nestled along the Front Range 12 miles north of the New Mexico line, there’s no mistaking it for any other place in Colorado.
The town of Niwot is halfway between Boulder and Longmont. Actually, it’s halfway between a lot of things.
Just beyond the cliffs of Black Canyon lies historic Montrose, agricultural hub and hidden gem of art and adventure.
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.