January/February 2017

The New Year brings new stories of travel, history and adventure in Colorado Life Magazine’s January/February 2017 issue. Our compelling storytelling is illustrated with equally compelling images from the state’s best photographers.

The issue kicks off with a photo essay on the men, women and cattle who brave the cold down in the stockyards at the National Western Stock Show, a Denver tradition for more than a century. These captivating portraits run the gamut from grizzled cowhands to a 7-year-old cowgirl. Continuing the Western theme, we explore the life of Buffalo Bill Cody, who died in Denver exactly 100 years ago on Jan. 10 and was subsequently buried atop Lookout Mountain. Even though his final resting place is the first permanent home that Buffalo Bill had in Colorado, our article shows he had some of his wildest adventures while traveling through the Centennial State.

Valentine’s Day is a pretty big deal in Loveland, America’s Sweetheart City and the focus of our loving tribute to this Front Range community. We meet sculptors and other creative types, while also learning the adorable love story behind Loveland’s long-running valentine remailing program.

Our next story takes us down to Silverton, in the San Juan Mountains, where a diehard band of cyclists doesn’t let a little – or a lot – of snow stop them from biking all winter. Riding their “fat bikes” with enormous tires, this bike-crazy bunch takes on the epic Silverton Whiteout bicycle race across the snowy terrain of this historic mining town.

Speaking of snow, our big story on Snowmass Village’s Snowmastodon Project tells how a bulldozer operator discovered a fossil on a job site that led to one of the biggest Ice Age fossil troves ever uncovered. The story unfolds bit by bit, with a single rib bone pointing the way to 35 mastodon skeletons – astounding, considering only three partial skeletons had previously been found in Colorado.

Complementing these feature stories are short, fun stories in our Sluice Box section: The secret shrines hidden on Aspen’s ski slopes devoted to everyone from Hunter S. Thompson to Elvis Presley; a column by your friend in the diamond business, Tom Shane, revealing the man behind the famous radio voice; and a look back on happier times for the Denver Broncos, highlighting the team’s five greatest postseason moments.

Our Colorado Creators department showcases the talent of painters from Steamboat Springs and Estes Park, as well as the generosity of legendary Colorado country singer Gary Morris. We’ve also got recipes plucked from the best-selling books of Evergreen author Diane Mott Davidson, who sprinkles recipes into the plots of “culinary mystery” novels about a Colorado caterer-turned-detective.

Rounding out the issue are fun winter events that are perfect for daytrips, winter photo tips from our talented photo editor, poetry and the winning photo from our photography contest. Look for Colorado Life Magazine’s January/February 2017 issue on the newsstand, or, better yet, subscribe now and never miss another issue.

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