September/October 2016

There are beautiful fall photos and fun stories galore in our September/October 2016 issue. Discover the top 10 fall-color hot spots on mountain passes, ride a wacky historic train and taste authentic Pueblo chiles – plus a whole lot more.

The issue kicks off with an autumn photo essay highlighting Colorado’s most scenic mountain passes, with a story about “pass baggers” who have visited more than 100 passes and tips for the top 10 passes for you to visit to see golden aspens this fall. We stop in Pueblo to discover the story behind the city’s beloved green chiles, which you can buy at farm stands this season and use to cook the Pueblo chile recipes that accompany the article.

Way up in northwest Colorado we visit the Meeker Sheepdog Championship, where the world’s smartest dogs (and their faithful human companions) engage in a battle of wits against the world’s orneriest sheep. Taking a jaunt down the Western Slope to Telluride, we meet the people and see the startlingly beautiful scenery that make this town a Colorado treasure. On the other side of the San Juan Mountains, we hear the bizarre story of the Galloping Goose, which is basically a vintage 1940s bus that runs on railroad tracks.

In our Sluice Box section of short stories, we go to Glen Haven to find out about the cinnamon rolls that helped the town recover after nearly being washed away by the 2013 flood. In Trinidad, we meet the prisoners who build art cars behind bars. We also get a first-person story about underdogs from Chris Harris Jr., All-Pro cornerback for the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Our Colorado Creators section takes a look at one of the state’s preeminent painters of aspen trees, goes to Grand Junction to meet master mug makers and dives into Colorado-themed historical novels for young adults. 

There’s also a listing of fun fall festivals – including AppleFest, ScotFest and Choctoberfest – to inspire your next daytrip. We’ve also got a selection of “Colorful Colorado” poems, plus photography tips from Photo Editor Joshua Hardin. 

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