Colorado State Parks: Cherry Creek

A variety of outdoor recreational activities are available right in the heart of the Denver metro area, at Cherry Creek State Park. This 4,200-acre park includes Cherry Creek Reservoir, a great place for boating, jet skiing, swimming, and fishing. The park also offers camping, biking, horseback riding, nature trails, an off-leash dog area, and even […]

Colfax: Metro Denver’s Most Famous (or Infamous!) Street

The Colorado State Library is located on Colfax Avenue, as is the State Capitol. It’s one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, with a colorful reputation and an intriguing history. The earliest settlers in the Denver area knew it as Grand Avenue or the Golden Road, but residents advocating for Colorado statehood dubbed it Colfax in […]

Fall in Love with Fall

Today is the first day of fall. Days and nights are getting cooler, pumpkin-flavored products are everywhere, and the leaves are changing to brilliant reds and golds. There’s a lot to love about fall — except, of course, the fact that it means winter is coming! Around the House Now is the time for planting […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Denver Mountain Parks

Trick question: how can you be in Denver and in the mountains at the same time? You can, because forty-six mountain parks — places like Red Rocks, Lookout Mountain, Genesee, Chief Hosa, and Evergreen Lake — are Denver Mountain Parks. This means that, although outside of Denver city limits, these parks are owned and managed […]

Colorado State Parks: Chatfield

If you’re looking for a getaway that is conveniently located in metro Denver, check out Chatfield State Park. Here you can find a variety of activities for every age and interest. Things to do include boating, birding, hiking and biking, camping, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding. There’s a field where your model airplane can take […]

Colorado State Parks: Castlewood Canyon

Located near Franktown, Colorado, Castlewood Canyon State Park is a great getaway just a short drive from the Denver metro area. Hiking, picnicking, rock climbing, birding, and horseback riding are some of the popular activities in the park. Dogs are allowed on most of the trails, except for the East Canyon Preservation Trail which is […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Chautauqua

In the late nineteenth century, the Chautauqua movement swept the country, including Colorado — establishing a summer tradition that combined learning, the arts, and the outdoors. A “Chautauqua” is a summer retreat where people can come together to spend time in nature, take classes, attend concerts, and engage in other educational and cultural activities. In […]

State Capitol Tours

Summer is a great time to tour the State Capitol building. Whether you’re looking for a fun educational activity with your kids, or you’re just curious yourself, a tour of the Capitol is a great way to learn about Colorado’s history and government and enjoy the statehouse’s beautiful architecture. Each year, nearly 70,000 people tour […]

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 […]

New Birdwatching Guide

Did you know that 507 different species of birds have been documented in Colorado? If you’re interested in birding, you’ll enjoy the brand-new Colorado Birding Trail Northeastern Colorado Trail Guide. This guidebook is a follow-up to three previous guides, which cover the southeastern, southwestern, and northwestern regions of the state. Featuring beautiful photographs, the guidebooks […]

Georgetown Loop Railroad

Looking for a fun activity this summer? The Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park® is located just 45 minutes from Denver and provides a great way to enjoy some great mountain scenery as well as learn about railroads and mining, two of our state’s most important industries in the nineteenth century. Originally constructed in […]

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 […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Florissant Fossil Beds

This year, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since the nineteenth century, scientists have regarded the Florissant beds as some of the richest deposits of fossils in the United States. 35 million years ago, a large lake covered much of the area that is now the monument. Because the area had […]

Colorado State Parks: Boyd Lake

Boyd Lake State Park is located near Loveland, Colorado, close to Longs Peak. Since the lake is the park’s main feature, most of the park’s activities revolve around water sports; however the park also offers hiking and biking trails, hunting, and camping. The area that became Boyd Lake State Park had originally belonged to the […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Highways Bulletin

One hundred years ago, the automobile was changing life across Colorado. When the popularization of the automobile coincided with the growth of the American middle class and increased leisure time, the age of automobile tourism was born. In the years between the two World Wars, vacationers descended on National Parks and monuments like never before. […]

Colorado Downtown Streets

Safety, walkability, transportation, and aesthetic design are all important components of planning a downtown commercial area, whether in a large city or a small town. Downtowns and “Main Streets” can, if well planned, boost tourism and enhance quality of life for residents. Therefore the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Colorado Department of Public Health […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The WPA in Colorado

During the height of the Great Depression, as banks failed, unemployment soared, and farm prices dropped, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal projects. The WPA focused on creating and providing jobs rather than handing out direct relief. Most of the WPA jobs were aimed at […]

Time Machine Tuesday: History of Aspen, Colorado

Today, Aspen’s riches come from the ski industry — but they used to come from silver mining. Aspen was founded in 1879, during the glory days of Colorado silver mining — the same era when mining boomtowns like Leadville and Georgetown were being established. With seemingly endless amounts of silver in the nearby Elk and […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado State Museum

Have you lived in Colorado long enough to remember when the State Museum was located at 14th and Sherman, in what is now the Legislative Services Building? The State Historical Society was established in 1879 and its earliest museum exhibits were located in the State Capitol. By the early 1900s, however, the Society wanted its […]