Eldorado Canyon

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Intro Eldorado Canyon features over five hundred routes with trad, sport, and top rope routes. Known for its gold and red cliffs, this place is a trad climber’s haven. It’s only 7 miles from Boulder, which makes it very accessible. And there are a lifetime’s worth of climbs. Bastille Crack[…]

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Maroon Bells and Crater Lake Hiking

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Intro No trip to Aspen would be complete without visiting the Maroon Bells. Don’t let the crowds deter or the fact that you have to take a bus from Aspen Highlands Village mid-June through Labor Day (and on the weekends throughout September) you, the views and photo opportunities are beyond[…]

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How to Introduce a Loved One to Adventure Travel

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"Are you crazy?" my friend exclaimed. “He’ll never want to travel again!” I simply smiled. We were catching up and discussing my upcoming travel plans, which involved a multi-day jungle trek with my city-slicker brother in tow. I’m a well-seasoned travel vet, with more than 35 countries on my passport.[…]

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How to Watch the Elk Rut in Colorado

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Every September and October, Rocky Mountain National Park becomes the stage for one of the great shows of the animal kingdom: the elk rut. In laymen’s terms, that’s mating season, when bull elk call loudly (the official term is bugle) and strut their stuff in order to attract and defend[…]

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So, You Want to Go on a Solo Van Trip?

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With the storm clouds from the day’s rain still lingering, the setting sun ignited the sky in intense golden light and vibrant hues of pink. Maneuvering my rusty Sprinter van through curve after curve, descending deeper into the canyon that leads to Zion National Park, I felt like nothing could[…]

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800 Miles in 7 Days: A Quintessential Colorado Road Trip

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To many, Denver is the true gateway to the West. Sure, St. Louis may have an arch, but it also has 850-miles of Midwestern plains to contend with before the real West begins. And like so many early frontiersmen, who reached the western edge of the High Plains—where modern-day Denver is located—and[…]

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Guide to Climbing Gyms in Boulder

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Boulder is a training ground for countless world-class athletes, and it’s not hard to see why. The city is at the foot of the famous Flatirons, and is just a stone’s throw from iconic locations like Eldo, Boulder Canyon, and Lumpy Ridge, among others. As the days get colder and[…]

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Walker Ranch Mountain Biking

Walker Ranch Mountain Biking

Intro Walker Ranch’s 7.8 mile loop has written tales of great valor and ignoble defeat for many mountain bikers. Because the loop rides differently in each direction, it’s almost like you’re getting two completely different experiences. Do you start clockwise and begin with a quick series of tricky climbs followed[…]

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Mount Sanitas – Trail Running

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Intro 6,843 ft. Mount Sanitas is a modest bump compared to Boulder’s iconic Flatirons, yet it is one of the city’s most beloved destinations. Located about a mile from downtown Boulder, the easy access, fantastic views and challenging trails make it the perfect place for a lunchtime run or a[…]

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Lower Colorado River – Paddling

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Intro The Lower Colorado River, below Austin, is a wide slow moving section of the river with little to no rapids at all. This part of the Colorado makes for a nice gentle paddle that is easily done by canoe or kayak. What Makes It Great There are several sandy[…]

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