Our January/February issue presents a cross-section of the fascinating people and places that make Colorado so appealing, from the famous Casa Bonita restaurant that inspired one of the most-popular episodes of South Park, to the real-life story of a frontier doctor who possibly inspired the series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
The issue daringly begins with a photo essay capturing the craggy peaks of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains where extreme sports are an everyday way of life for the region’s hardy residents. We visit the famous Casa Bonita restaurant in Lakewood where Cliff Divers, sopaipillas and Black Bart’s Cave have captured the imagination of generations of fans.
We voyage to Saguache where the publisher of a family-owned weekly newspaper in this small San Luis Valley town tirelessly produces what is perhaps the world’s last publication printed with Linotype. Then, we discover ways to enjoy the winter wonderland of Crested Butte that go beyond skiing, from riding a dog sled to driving a snowcat.
In Fraser, we track down the history of Doc Susie, a physician who moved to the Grand Valley to treat her own illness but became beloved by the community for curing the injuries of Moffat Tunnel workers and delivering dozens of babies. Five craft brewers from across the state shared their favorite pairings of food and beer with us in this issue’s food section, complete with delicious recipes from brownies made with Great Divide’s Yeti Stout to a flank steak complimenting New Beligium’s Fat Tire, for you to try at home.
Our Colorado notable series continues with meteorologist Kathy Sabine’s most-chilling snow storm stories. You’ll also find articles about a photographer who climbs the summits of 14ers for sunrise, a Cold-War-era missile site tour in Greeley, a sculptural tribute to veterans located inside a Mount Sopris mine and a Berthoud couple’s unique guest house built inside a grain silo. Also, look for the poetry, trivia, event calendar and Top Take photography contest departments.