Breckenridge ski area Colorado
February 1, 2015

Breckenridge is a major skiing center in the winter, with five Summit County ski areas within easy driving distance, and it’s just 80 miles west of Denver.



Vail Colorado in summer
February 1, 2015

Vail is the home of the world famous ski resort of the same name and dates back to just 1962. It is just 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70.


Staunton State Park

Staunton State Park Location: Park and Jefferson counties, west of Conifer The new Staunton State Park, just 40 miles from downtown Denver, is still closed to the public but may open in 2012. Frances H. Staunton gave to the state the ranch her parents had homesteaded. She asked that it become a state park, “. . . to be preserved essentially as a wilderness area.” It is a region of…

May 11, 2012

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado
May 8, 2012

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, just 30 miles west of Denver, offers more than 12,000 acres of forests, peaks and mountain meadows, along with panoramic views of the Continental Divide.


Dillon Reservoir

Dillon Reservoir Colorado
April 28, 2012

Staff writer Dillon Reservoir is a popular recreational spot 70 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70, offering miles of clear blue water and panoramic views of 13,000-foot peaks. Sailing, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching, bird hunting and photography are among the activities on the lake, which has 3,233 acres of surface area and 27 miles of shoreline. Jet skis are prohibited. The towns of Dillon and…