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Why You Need to Visit the Sand Dunes in Colorado

The Great Sand Dunes National Park is located in the southern part of central Colorado. Covering an area of about 30 square miles, the sand dunes in Colorado are both the tallest and most extensive sand dunes in North America. The national park is open 24 hours a day, which means that night adventures are an option. And the  sand dunes in Colorado are an exceptional star-gazing spot. A number of backcountry camping permits are…

Looking Up From The Base At Mary Jane

Winter Park Ski Resort – What it’s Like to Visit

The first time I drove to Winter Park Ski Resort, some 25 years ago, I got a case of TMJ (temproamandibular joint disorder) from clenching so hard on the drive over Berthoud Pass. The road was very narrow with big drop-offs. The pass, located at an elevation of 3,446 m (11,306 feet) above sea level was and continues to be a snowy place. Fast forward to a January visit and I am pleased to report…

Cross-country Skiing At Latigo Ranch

Latigo Ranch Colorado for an Unforgettable Stay

Latigo Ranch near Kremmling, Colorado is one of the best places I've been in the world for cross-country skiing. And good old western-style hospitality.  The landscape of rolling hills dotted with aspen trees and far-reaching views makes for a splendid backdrop. Run as a dude ranch in the summer, Latigo Ranch transforms itself into one of the top spots in the USA in winter for cross-country skiing. Try to imagine what it's like to have…

Snowshoeing Near Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake Colorado – What to Do in Winter

The small town of Grand Lake Colorado - population 471 or thereabouts - sits on the shores of Grand Lake at an elevation of 8,369 feet. It's the gateway community to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and as such has all the services you need. Grand Lake Colorado is also a destination in itself. In summer the lake - the largest natural body of water in Colorado, becomes a recreational playground. In…

Chasm Lake Below Long's Peak - Photo Credit: Bruce Dall On Flickr

Best Hikes Near Boulder, Colorado

The five best hikes near Boulder, Colorado described in this post were chosen from my experience living in the city and hiking extensively over a 10 year period. My love of mountain hiking got its start with a move to Boulder in the early 90's. I couldn't get enough of the mountains and high alpine scenery - plus it was a cheap way to get out and enjoy a new landscape with my young family.…

The Beautiful Hike Between The Flatirons In Boulder

Boulder Flatirons Hike – My Fave in the City

There are some hikes I never get sick of no matter how many times I do them. The Boulder Flatirons hike - specifically between the first and second flatiron in Boulder, Colorado is a standout hike and one of my all-time favourites. I'm guessing that I did it about 100 times when I lived in Boulder. I'd do it at all hours of the day in all weather.  The Boulder Flatirons hike is not an…

Where The Great Hiking Really Starts - In The High Alpine

Hiking the Devils Thumb Bypass Trail, Colorado

Our intention had not been to hike the Devils Thumb Bypass Trail - a day hike close to Boulder, Colorado. But my memory was obviously not as good as I thought it was. We'd been heading for the Fourth of July Trailhead just past Eldora and the outstanding hiking trails that head out from there. Somehow we ended up on the Hessie Trailhead shuttle - because parking has become such a huge issue - and…

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