COVER Chimney Rock towers above the desert floor at the entrance to Ute Mountain Tribal Park, near Mesa Verde National Park and just south of the city of Cortez, the focus of our feature story on page 60.
Colorado Life Magazine’s November/December 2018 issue is a cornucopia overflowing with a bounty of captivating stories and incredible photography of Colorado landscapes, wildlife and destinations. It’s exactly the sort of magazine that’ll knock the socks off your friends and/or family members when they get it as the first issue of your thoughtful Colorado Life gift subscription this holiday season. (At just $21 for a one-year subscription, we dare you to find a present with as much bang for the buck – sign ‘em up right here.)
The issue kicks off with a photographic journey to some of the most spectacular sandstone formations of the Front Range, from Red Rocks to Garden of the Gods, complete with expert insight from University of Colorado Boulder geology professor Lon Abbott explaining how these beautifully bizarre rocks came to be. For our next photo-filled feature, we venture into the Rockies to find some of the best winter wildlife hikes within easy reach of the highway.
The story on Denver artist Vance Kirkland is a fascinating look at how Colorado’s most celebrated painter went from painting realistic rustic scenes to inventing a completely new type of abstract art; you’ll also learn how he painted his greatest masterpieces while suspended from the ceiling on leather straps, and how, after his death, his devoted friend had his 300,000-pound brick art studio moved a mile across Denver to form the centerpiece of the newly opened Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.
We take a trip to the southwest corner of the state for our story exploring the city of Cortez, the fascinating town that’s both the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park and home to the best sushi restaurant in the Four Corners region.
The Sluice Box section rounds up fun and quirky stories from around the state. You’ll meet: the Aspen taxi driver who has converted his cab into a world-famous multimedia extravaganza; the Guffey artist who uses alpaca fleece to create felted, three-dimensional animal portraits; the Walsenburg innkeeper who assembled an army of hundreds of holiday nutcrackers almost completely by accident; the Berthoud luthier who created a rare guitar using only Colorado-native wood, including a front panel made from the monstrous Engelmann spruce that traveled to Washington, D.C., and back as the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree; and the Arvada man who designed the official crest of the recently commissioned U.S.S. Colorado nuclear submarine.
In the mood to do some high-altitude holiday baking? We’ve got you covered with cookie and cupcake recipes from the brand-new cookbook Sugar High by Aurora food blogger Nicole Hampton. We’ve also got fun fall/winter events, daytrip ideas and hiking suggestions in our Go.See.Do. section, photo tips from our photo editor, poetry and trivia – plus even more breathtakingly gorgeous photos of colorful Colorado in full-fledged winter wonderland mode.
Grab a copy of Colorado Life’s November/December 2018 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 on Santa’s “nice” list. Or you could just buy them a fruitcake – we’re sure your local trashcan-diving raccoons will appreciate it.