Trail Guide: Winter Hiking at Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Winter means most Coloradans are headed to the mountains to strap on skis. If you’re still in the mood for outdoor recreation but don’t want the 4 a.m. wake-up call that comes with a mountain trip, head east instead of west to Paint Mines Interpretive Park. How Do I Get There? Paint Mines is a…

Trail Guide: Hiking Colorado National Monument

With the Indian summer Colorado is currently enjoying (shout out to global warming!), it’s the perfect time of year to hike Colorado National Monument without having to wake up at 6 a.m. to beat the heat. This was our first stop during our summer 2016 road trip, and we quickly realized that this area of…

Campground Guide: Saddlehorn Campground at Colorado National Monument

Saddlehorn helped us kick off our 2016 road trip around Colorado, and while the campground left a little to be desired (not a lot of privacy), the access to some of the most stunning scenery Colorado has to offer more than makes up for it (flushing toilets and running water didn’t hurt either). Directions: The…

Trail Guide: Matthews Winters Park

Less than an hour from Denver? Check. Beginner-friendly trails with a view? Double check. Like many of the parks in the Jeffco (Jefferson County) Open Space system, Matthews Winters makes it wonderfully beginner-friendly to get outdoors. It’s great to hike, bike, or run (why you should consider trail running) without sacrificing views or an entire…

Hitting the Road: Colorado Road Trip 2k16

Whoa, two blogs in two days?! Who even am I?! Answer: Someone REALLY excited to hit the road in one short month to explore Colorado (and Utah) west of the ski resorts. After a summer of buying a house, moving my horse cross-country, and general craziness that kept us close to home, we’re taking an entire week…

Trail Guide: St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier is a bit of a hidden gem, so I’ve been a little reticent to share it here. They actually removed the “Glacier” part from the highway sign so fewer people can find it, but I guess I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m okay with (potentially) ruining that. It’s definitely…

Jog A Dog at Denver Animal Shelter

Do you live in the Denver area? Do you have a mild to moderate obsession with dogs? Do you enjoy walking and/or running? Would you like a Thursday night activity that keeps you from binge-watching Netflix on the couch with a bottle glass of wine? Then Jog A Dog is for you! I am SO excited for…

Trail Guide: Gem Lake in Estes Park

This out and back trail was the first hike I ever did after moving to Colorado. The elevation in Estes Park is no joke, so if you’re new to town like I was, plan on taking lots of water and lots of breaks. It was slightly demoralizing that a very small fluffy white dog lapped…