Five Favorite Close-to–Santa Fe Hikes

There's a reason crowds of tourists and outdoor enthusiasts flock to New Mexico—specifically Santa Fe—during the summer. Santa Fe is the perfect place to visit if you're interested in exploring picturesque desert landscapes and taking on the spectacular hiking trails of northern New Mexico. Here is a list of my top five favorite hikes located [...]

The Ice Castles of Dillion

There’s no law that says you have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy the many ski towns and mountains of Colorado. As a hiking enthusiasts with limited experience skiing and no experience snowboarding, I prefer to tube down or snow shoe through the snowy hills of places like Winter Park and Copper Mountain. [...]

How to Road Trip Through Southern Colorado

I have trekked across most of Colorado’s western slope. While studying geology at Colorado School of Mines, I lived in Golden, a cozy town nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I spent several weekends going to places like the Great Sand Dunes, Garden of the Gods, and Black Canyon, all in the name [...]

Camping is the Answer

As the summer heat sets in over the high desert, take to the lakes of Northern New Mexico. Abiquiu Lake—a gorgeous man-made reservoir—is perfect for boating, fishing, kayaking, and my personal favorite, paddle boarding. A quick 2-hour drive out to the lake, Abiquiu Lake is a great place to pitch a tent, savor the sunset, [...]

Memorial Day Weekend at Crawford Lake

Every year, Jake's family goes to Crawford Lake for Memorial Day weekend. Every May, without fail, his parents, brother and family including the in-laws, and even family friends come out for a three-day weekend campout along the lake. Having never had roots or many lasting traditions, the idea of retreating to the same place each [...]

Majesty of Steamboat Springs

While most people head into the mountains during ski and snowboard season to hit the slopes, the off-season offers just as much opportunity for adventure. Not only are the roads less treacherous, but they are also less crowded. So before ski season starts up, consider taking one last trip into the mountains—to Steamboat Springs. Unlike [...]

Colorado’s Best Festival is All About Chili & Beer

If you don't know about it yet, you soon will because the annual Chili & Beer Festival is one of Colorado's best summer festivals. Mainly because it is located at the base of Mt. Crested Butte—guaranteed gorgeous views. The festival opened its doors at 11:30 a.m. so chili lovers could get in early. Beer was served [...]