March/April 2017

Colorado Life Magazine’s March/April 2017 issue celebrates the coming of spring with a plethora of stories from the Centennial State, featuring great writing and astounding photographs.

The issue kicks off with a photo essay on wild baby animals across the state, including a tiny, prancing mountain goat atop Mount Evans, a baby bear climbing a tree near Rifle and adorable fox kits wrestling outside their Loveland den. The photo essay includes wildlife photography insights from some of the state’s best photographers. Our round-up of the state’s most unusual bed and breakfasts takes us to some wild places: a Glenwood Springs inn with a guest suite inside a historic, wooden barn; a lodge near Mesa Verde in Cortez built just a few yards from Ancestral Puebloan ruins; and a Cripple Creek B&B that’s inside a Victorian hospital.

We next venture to the mystic cliffs of Penitente Canyon in the San Luis Valley, a place equally revered by rock climbers and the ancient religious society known as Penitente Brotherhood; climbers scale the sheer cliff wall beside a life-size portrait of the Virgin Mary painted onto the rock long ago. Our feature on the delightfully “weird” town of Manitou Springs explores the naturally effervescent mineral springs, thrilling scenic beauty and colorful characters found at the base of Pikes Peak. In Grand Junction, we meet a history detective who combines scholarly research with CSI techniques to solve Western Slope mysteries, shedding light on the Alfred Packer murder case and the tale of a lost Spanish conquistador expedition into northwest Colorado.

Foodies get some great recipes in our feature on Boulder’s Flagstaff House, the family-run gourmet restaurant with the best views in town. We also have a quick, quirky story about the Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs, where diners eat inside an enormous military aircraft, a cousin to the B-29 bomber. Booths now line the interior, but guests can still play around in the cockpit. We also learn about a Colorado photographer who recreated scenic images of the state taken by his great-great-grandfather, a pioneer photographer. In Mancos, we discover an inventive jeweler who uses a patented technique to transform old plastic bags into stunningly beautiful gemstones.

There’s also a fun line-up of events from around the state to inspire your next daytrip, poetry, photography, trivia and more. Look for the March/April 2017 issue of Colorado Life Magazine on your newsstand, or, better yet, subscribe today and never miss another exciting installment of Colorado’s life story.

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