About us

Real Colorado Travel is the work of four longtime Coloradans who want to share their expertise and tips with residents looking for a day or weekend trip, and with visitors coming to discover the Centennial State.

We think Colorado is a great state to live in and to visit, and we want to give you a real, unvarnished look at it, not promotional brochures or accounts from outsiders who haven’t spent years here.

We formed Real Colorado Travel LLC as a Colorado company in 2011 to develop this website and related businesses, and we launched the first phase of this website at the start of 2012. We are a small Internet startup company with big plans. We are based in Boulder, but we regularly make trips all over the Centennial State because there is always more to see and explore.

Linda Cornett stumbled on Boulder in her flight from Alabama in 1972. Topping Davidson Mesa in her stuffed-full Pinto, she pulled off to enjoy the view and realized she had come home. Within two weeks she had a home with a group of CU students (the quiet, studious kind) and a job at the Boulder Daily Camera that lasted 18 years. Although she’s happy to spend the rest of her life in Boulder, she has explored the state and thrilled to the unbelievable scenery and quirky and innovative people that make Colorado a one-of-a-kind place.

Sue Deans isn’t a Colorado native but she got here from Illinois as soon as she could, in 1973 to attend graduate school in journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has lived here ever since except for a couple of stints in Philadelphia and South Carolina. Before retiring recently, she spent 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, mostly in Boulder and Denver. She loves road trips, especially on Colorado back roads – the rules are that you never get on an interstate unless you absolutely have to, and you never eat in a chain restaurant.

John Leach is a Colorado native and a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder. He knows every corner of the Western Slope by virtue of being born in Montrose, going to elementary school in Monte Vista and graduating from high school in Grand Junction. He skied Aspen Highlands back when a lift ticket cost $6 a day, visited Telluride back when it was just a dying mining town and drove Loveland Pass in snowstorms before there was an Eisenhower Tunnel. He worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Colorado and Arizona and now spends his time building Internet news startups and advising small businesses on their websites.

Deborah Ross grew up in Denver, earned a journalism degree from the University of Colorado and spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor, editor and journalism teacher.

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