This is one of the busiest weekends of the summer by far. If you didn't make it on a camping trip, check out these staycation ideas. They're all practically free. Go to the beach, learn about new lifestyles or check out a ballgame. You're free to do any or all of them. For a full line up fireworks ... More >>
In recent days, we've been sharing details from what VISIT DENVER describes as the Mile High City's most successful tourism year ever; visitor spending in 2013 topped $4 billion for the first time. First up were tourists' ten favorite shopping and entertainment centers, followed by the 21 cities and ... More >>
VISIT DENVER has just finished crunching the tourism numbers for 2013, which proved to be a record-setting year: Visitor spending topped $4 billion for the first time. Where did tourists spend their money? A lot of it went to shopping and entertainment centers. Look below to see the photo-illustrat ... More >>
Spring skiing and snowboarding is alive and well in Colorado, thanks to new snow this week and heavier-than-usual totals since January 1, and several ski areas have already announced extended seasons to make the most of it. Aspen Mountain, originally scheduled to close on April 20, announced on Thur ... More >>
The Halloween season isn't just about candy and costumes -- there's a supernatural side to the holiday, and Colorado is full of great ways to get spooked. From cemetery walks to haunted wild West town tours, here are ten of the best opportunities for scaring up a good time (and maybe even witnessing ... More >>
It's day three of the partial federal government shutdown, and at this writing, thousands of workers assigned to what are regarded as nonessential gigs are off the job -- including everyone assigned to Colorado's seven National Monuments and four National Parks, which will remain closed until the si ... More >>
We recently shared the Mile High City's top eleven tourism hidden gems as chosen by the folks at Visit Denver's Denver.org website. But there's another important consideration that needs to be taken into account by visitors and locals alike -- the cost. We've got you covered on that score, too. The ... More >>
When Colorado native son Ken Salazar became Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior four years ago, it was widely expected that he would steer a more "balanced" course through the energy wars across the West, pulling back on the drill-baby-drill mantra of the Bush years. It hasn't worked out that w ... More >>
Auraria has been around for a long time -- longer than Colorado has been an actual state -- but it's changed quite a bit since 1858. It started out as Auraria Township, a pioneer settlement that served as a popular destination during the gold rush; the root of the name comes from the Latin word for ... More >>
Within the next three to nine months, Denver's Civic Center could become the city's first national historic landmark. Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Hancock testified at a National Park System advisory board meeting in favor of the area's qualification of the honor, which will move to the National ... More >>
What does it look like when a bunch of mascots converge on the Capitol steps? Kinda goofy. That's what happened at today's Discover Colorado Rally, a yearly meetup that could be summed up in two words: "Yay, tourism!" Grown-ups dressed as sharks and bears listened as officials rattled off statistics ... More >>
Photo courtesy Copper Mountain ResortSanta didn't bring much in the way of fresh snow for Christmas (apparently some of you skiers and snowboarders out there have been naughty this year) but he did manage to get some turns in after making his rounds in Colorado, shredding his way into the Fac ... More >>
Get the lead out! Will he? Won't he? As of this writing Lance Armstrong hadn't yet tweeted his intention to compete in the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race on Saturday (he pre-qualified by winning the Crested Butte Alpine Odyssey on July 31), but one of the gnarliest events in Colorado will b ... More >>
Photo courtesy Copper Mountain ResortThe USSA announced yesterday it's bringing its early-season U.S. Ski Team Speed Center training facility to Copper MountainCopper Mountain's apparently not content to be merely a focal point of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association's freestyle Grand Prix se ... More >>
Imagine biking up a steep Colorado peak, rafting through the Rapids of the Colorado River and then rappelling down a jagged and imposing cliff. Now imagine doing that blind or without the use of an arm or both of your legs. That's exactly what many of the participants will be doing in this we ... More >>
The 31st annual Crested Butte Bike Week gets underway today with Alison Gannett's Rippin' Chix Mountain Bike Camps for women ($35 per session; $95 for the singletrack skills workshop) and a 6 p.m. "Night at the Museum" kick-off party at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, 331 Elk Avenue.
Colorado is crawling with mascots. It's been two weeks since the Discover Colorado Rally -- plenty of time for all Colorado summer vacation planners to have studied up for today's pop quiz. Provide the name and attraction associated with each of the mascots pictured below...
Bill Ritter.Best line at last night's twelfth annual Tourism Hall of Fame Dinner: "When you quit being governor, no one writes talking points for you." So said former Governor Bill Ritter, who was one of the inductees last night, along with Cleo Parker Robinson and Terry Sullivan, the retired ... More >>
Pebble Beach"Pebble Beach Resorts is a legendary place. Combine a dramatic coastline and mystical forest with a rich history of world-class accommodations, warm hospitality, expert service and grand recreation." That's how www.pebblebeach.com describes the world-renowned California resort.
Angie Zapata. Saturday will mark two years since transgender Greeley teen Angie Zapata was beaten to death by a man she met on the Internet. Zapata's killer, Allen Andrade, was found guilty of murder; the jury also convicted him of a hate crime. Zapata isn't alone. In 2009, twenty-two LGBTQ ... More >>
A Flickr photoAnother day, another list ranking American cities -- the latest being a U.S. News & World Report survey pinpointing the ten top communities for raising children. Yes, Denver made the top ten. Its blurb reads: "Whether they prefer snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, biking thro ... More >>
When I last spoke with Tom Botelho, he was in an airport lounge, looking at Gerard Depardieu (foreshadowing!), heading to Europe on a family vacation, and not talking about anything but that. He was certainly not talking about the rumor that he was about to be named the new executive director of ... More >>
When the building housing the Branch Inn exploded in Pueblo on Thursday, it not only took a life, it wiped out a piece of history. Although the building at 301 South Union, in the Union Street Historic District, had been empty for some time before new proprietors reopened the Branch Inn last year, ... More >>
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Go native in Mesa Verde.
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A New Spirit Wellness Center and Spa
Freeway Terrain Park, Breckenridge
This night was made for love.
Desert Reef Beach Club
Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves
A family resort like Winter Park should have no secrets.
Colorado ski resorts look to folkie Jim Salestrom for a musical lift.
A benefit party in Oz is one way to build community.
A Nigerian nerd chases his dream in the well-acted, uneven Jump Tomorrow.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
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