Category Archives: Colorado

The Most Fun Outdoor Fall Festivals in the U.S.

We get it—summer gets all the festival glory. But the celebrations don’t quit just because the temperature drops. Toss on a few extra layers, then head out to stuff your face with tacos and tequila, shred on Sedona’s famed slickrock trails, or relive the ’90s with Eddie Vedder and friends on the California coast. All that […]

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Meet the Nurse Who Just Smashed One of Colorado’s Toughest FKTs

Andrea Sansone, a nurse and hiker from Golden, Colorado, has set a new women’s supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Nolan’s 14 route, stopping the clock in 45 hours and 52 minutes. Her time shaved almost three hours off the previous women’s supported mark, set by runner Sabrina Stanley in October, 2020 Nolan’s 14 […]

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Don’t Kick a Football Off a Colorado Fourteener

I feel for Lloyd Athearn, the executive director of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. When Athearn isn’t overseeing trail maintenance on the state’s 58 mountains above 14,000 feet in elevation—important work that helps hundreds of thousands of hikers reach the summits each year—he must undertake a job that’s far less rewarding and fun. Athearn is the […]

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Colorado’s Fourteeners Saw a Decline in Hiker Traffic in 2021

Hiker visits to Colorado’s fourteeners fell by more than a quarter in 2021, driven down by closures and new parking restrictions on the state’s most popular peaks, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) revealed in a report this week. The CFI has studied hiker traffic on Colorado’s highest peaks since 2014, using a combination of remote […]

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I Reported on Avalanches for 15 Years. Then I Triggered a Huge One.

When I saw the numbers on my screen, I winced. The wind had picked up. It was 6 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, April 26, perhaps the last powder day of the season where I live in Breckenridge, Colorado. I was about to leave my home to meet a friend, professional photographer Liam Doran, […]

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The Ultimate Road-Trip Guide to Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway

There are a few theories as to how Colorado’s so-called Million Dollar Highway—the 25-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 550 that connects the high-elevation towns of Silverton and Ouray—got its name. According to an old mining legend, the gravel required to build the narrow mountain roadway contained $1 million worth of gold and silver ore. Or […]

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