May/June 2019

Bull elk rest on the tundra near Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. The most prominent peak in the background is Mount Julian.

Grant Collier

The newest issue of Colorado Life takes readers on a wild history tour of Julesburg, and relates the saga behind the survival and recovery of the 90-year-old Royal Gorge Bridge and Park after a fierce fire six years ago.

  • Any day now, cyclists will catch the first ride of the season on Trail Ridge Road, as the 48-mile high-elevation highway that bisects Rocky Mountain National Park opens to pedal-pushers.
  • The northeastern community of Julesburg has been through so much history that it takes three museums to tell the story. Starting with Jules Beni’s trading post, it passed through the years as a stage stop, a Pony Express station and a U.S. Army outpost, to its incarnation today as a feisty, history-loving city.
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge somehow survived the devastating wildfire of 2013, and the park surrounding it has risen like a phoenix from the ashes.
  • Two mighty stallions fight over a girl in Scott Wilson’s award-winning photograph from Sand Wash Basin.


  • Like its residents, the food of Timnath displays a mixture of the old and the new. Ladder Enchiladas, anyone?
  • Mansions on the hill? That’s so yesterday. Lyons lays claim to the world’s first tiny-home resort.
  • The Crag Crest National Recreation Trail traverses what is said to be the world’s tallest flat-top mountain.
  • Leadville artist Peter Frykholm figured out how to send people home with a memento of their favorite Colorado mountain.
  • Jonny Barber is a one-man ambassador for Denver’s historical Colfax Avenue.
  • How the freemasons keep the ghosts of Nevadaville alive.
  • Top Take: Who doesn’t love a waterfall, especially a waterfall in early summer, as the water rushes from mountaintops to the valleys below.
  • The buzzards are scavenging in Cortez.
  • The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a mystery-meat cookoff in Lake City and a donkey dash in Creede are among the signature events in Colorado in May and June.
  • Higher Ground: Lone Eagle Peak, in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, was named after a famous pilot.
  • Colorado Trivia: All about the high life.
  • Postcards from our Colorado poets.

 Grab a copy of Colorado Life’s May/June 2019 issue just about anywhere magazines are sold in Colorado. Better yet, subscribe to never miss an issue and get 40 percent off the per-issue newsstand price. And don’t forget to purchase gift subscriptions for everyone you know who loves Colorado just as much as we do.

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