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Colorado.com Staff Writer

Hanging Lake
With its green waters, cliffside location and lush surroundings, it's easy to see why Hanging Lake is one of the state’s most popular hikes and why it was named a National Natural Landmark in 2011. Read more
Aries BOLD CHALLENGE-TAKER Rappel down a rushing, 55-foot waterfall between the limestone walls of Portland Creek Canyon on a canyoning tour with Canyoning Colorado in Ouray . Taurus HEDONISTIC & PLEASURE FOCUSED Spend a day indulging at the Outlets at... Read more
Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs What’s behind the name? Home to well-defined muscles, unbridled competition and, of course, lots of spandex, Colorado Springs is a mecca for all things Olympics. Journey to Colorado’s second-largest city to bask in the athletic... Read more
Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves Ranches Want a vacation where you’ll get down and dirty on a working ranch like a true cowboy or cowgirl? These experiences were created with you in mind. Chico Basin Ranch , Colorado Springs Rope and ride in the... Read more
We’re celebrating the 19th Amendment by pushing ourselves to new heights — let’s ice climb or trail run or maybe even fly-fish. Not only will you come home with memories and a sense of empowerment, you’ll make lifelong girlfriends. Bold... Read more
Colorado+ 49 Cidery & Pub
You wouldn’t guess it today, but in the late 1800s, Colorado was one of the top apple-growing states in the country, yielding now unheard-of varieties like the Duchess, Winesap and Ladyfinger. But after devastating droughts and the takeover of Washington... Read more
Melon Salad at The Kitchen in Boulder
As a result, restaurants across the state have access to these produce powerhouses and use them to delicious effect. Check out the following crops and where to get the freshest dishes using them. Corn Grown : Olathe , mid-July to... Read more
The Colorado Spirits Trail is your cordial invitation to sample the state’s more than 50 craft distilleries. We’re getting a head start here — stopping at spirited spots where Colorado’s homegrown ingredients (peaches, cherries, juniper berries, grains, pine needles) really... Read more
And we’re not talking about some rinky-dink shacks here. These cozy sanctuaries range from rustic to refined, letting you spend a night in the wild but with all the creature comforts you need to stay safe, warm and dry. Most... Read more
Arapahoe Basin Cheese Plate
Cozy Watering Holes They may be modest in size, but these establishments are big on charm and laid-back vibes. Whether or not you dine in the Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash (hint: you should,... Read more