Time Machine Tuesday: The Santa Fe Trail

During the nineteenth century the Santa Fe Trail played an important role in the westward expansion of the United States. Both a trade route and an emigrant road, the Santa Fe Trail traversed the southwest, originating in Missouri and traveling south to Santa Fe in Neuevo Mexico. Much of it passed through present-day Colorado. The […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Sheer cliffs, deep chasms, and dark shadows make the 2,000-foot-deep Black Canyon of the Gunnison one of Colorado’s most spectacular natural wonders, and twenty years ago, it was officially designated a National Park. Yet for centuries, this sublime canyon has challenged those who wished to conquer it. Ute Indians were the first to explore and […]

Planning Your Summer Vacation?

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider to be the unofficial beginning of summer. Even though the weather has been more like winter than summer, warmer days are sure to come. So if you’re planning a Colorado trip this summer — whether it be for enjoying the outdoors, visiting historic sites, experiencing arts and […]

Where to Go to See Fall Colors

“Leaf peeping season” has arrived. Where are the best places to go to view Colorado’s colorful aspens? For suggestions on Colorado’s most colorful state parks, visit Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Fall Colors page. Here you can find suggestions not only for where to go, but how – whether you prefer a car trip, camping, hiking, […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The History of Colorado’s Highways

Today we take for granted the fact that highways can take us pretty much anywhere we want to go. But in the first half of the 20th century, that wasn’t the case. As automobiles grew in popularity, the need arose for a system of highways that could support ever-increasing numbers of vehicles. While the construction […]

All About Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak as seen from Garden of the Gods.  Photo courtesy Colorado Tourism Office. Without a doubt, it’s Colorado’s most famous mountain.  And while it’s neither the tallest mountain in Colorado nor the most difficult to scale, Pikes Peak is famous for its visibility from the plains, its use as a symbol of the 1859 […]

Sights and Sounds of Autumn

It’s officially fall, which can be a great time to head outdoors.  It’s still warm enough to hike, and in the high country the fall colors are on brilliant display.  Wildlife are also making their preparations for winter. Sights and Sounds of Autumn is a publication from the Colorado Division of Wildlife that explores characteristics […]

Fabulous Fall Foliage Drives

  It’s official — today is the first day of fall, and it’s time to head to the high country to view the brilliant colors of a Colorado autumn.  The Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have some recommendations on the best drives for fall foliage viewing.  CDOT has put together a list […]

Visit the Byways with Books

In honor of Colorado Day, tomorrow, August 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Scenic and Historic Byways program is “encouraging tourists to supplement their byway travels with reading.”  Colorado boasts a number of byways that, while notable for their scenery alone, can mean so much more when the stories behind them are revealed.  CDOT’s press release lists […]

Royal Gorge Re-opening

In June 2013, a devastating wildfire destroyed most of the buildings in the Royal Gorge Park and damaged some of the famous suspension bridge’s wooden planks.  (See the Governor’s original disaster declaration here.)  Now, a year later, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is set to re-open, most likely in August.  You can visit the Colorado […]

Dinosaur National Monument

On this day 97 years ago, October 4, 1915, Dinosaur National Monument in western Colorado and eastern Utah was established.  Dinosaur National Monument is so named because, says the National Park Service, “[d]inosaurs once roamed here.  Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks.”  But there is more to Dinosaur National Monument than prehistoric fossils.  […]

Colorado’s Scenic Highway of Legends

Colorado has 25 scenic & historic byways, drives highlighted for their special beauty and history. One of these is Colorado 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, in Southern Colorado near Trinidad. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Byways website, the highway gets its nickname due to the several Spanish and Indian legends regarding the […]

Scenic & Historic Byways

Colorado has 25 scenic and historic “byways,” routes designated for their extra-special scenery or historical value. The Colorado Dept. of Transportation oversees the byways program, and you can see photos and information on each byway at the program website. This year, the program celebrated its 20th birthday. Our library has a number of resources on […]