In Colorado, our 13 national park sites showcase the unique outdoor spaces, culture and history that define our state. But despite their importance to Colorado’s economy and our natural and cultural heritage, our national park sites are in trouble.
I started attending summer camps with the CMC’s Youth Education Program when I was 12, enticed by a mild interest in rock climbing. I had so much fun that I convinced my parents to sign me up for several more programs that summer and every year following. Two years ago, when I new course was introduced, I immediately leapt at the opportunity to go on the Teen Ventures Outdoor Leadership Summit. I signed up a bit skeptical about the prospect of a week focused on teambuilding and volunteer work. It turned out to be my favorite week all summer. I could go on a multi-hour rant about how much fun I had, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll condense it into a list of the nine best parts of the trip.
EDIT: APRIL FOOLS! The Colorado Mountain Club is thrilled to announce that Mt. Elbert is now officially recognized at 14,539 feet, making it the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. That honor was previously held by 14,505-foot Mt. Whitney in California. “COLORADO RULES,” said a CMC spokeswoman in a press release. That was the […]
By Robin Lindsay After learning to ice climb last winter and seeing and hearing a lot about the famed Ouray Ice Festival, I decided to make the trip down to Ouray and spend the weekend there. Every January the Ouray Ice Park hosts the Ice Festival, a celebration and gathering of ice climbers that […]
Tuesday, December 8 is Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Participation has grown every year. Here are six great reasons to support CMC on December 8: Your donation will be “boosted” by a $1.2 million incentive fund! CMC’s Board of Directors has challenged our supporters to raise $25,000 […]
By Jason Kolaczkowski Connor and Kade (left to right) taking a break at Colter Bay. Not too long after we introduced our boys to the baby carrying packs and the joys of hiking, my wife and I also celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. We knew that we wanted to take a trip (we usually do) and […]
by Julie Mach CMC Conservation Director You’ve heard about rogue trail building that leads to erosion, dispersed camping that pollutes waterways and unmanaged campfires that become devastating infernos. All are the result of increased and irresponsible recreation on public lands. Now, a new phenomenon has made its first irreversible mark on the West. In September, […]
By Rod Martinez Fall Foliage Drives If you simply want to view the aspens and the mountains, here are a few drives I recommend. On the east slope, the Peak to Peak highway from Estes Park to Nederland on highways 7 and 72 affords many opportunities for real up-close and vista photos. This is a […]
By Jason Kolaczkowski It was a very simple hike on a very simple trail with a very simple goal: get the boys on a hike and see how they do. The boys had just turned 9 months old the weekend before, and we were sure (after some test runs in the house) that the boys had […]
By Rod Martinez Silver Basin Trail On the west side of the Maroon Bells and near the town of Crested Butte are a myriad of fabulous trails that will get you into the mountains as you hike through aspen groves that never seem to end. The most spectacular way to get to Silver Basin Trail […]
by CMC member Jason Kolaczkowski Introduction After climbing Denali I now shift my attention to something smaller scale, but infinitely more important. It’s small: just local hikes, probably often times not even getting outside of the Denver/Metro area. Although, we’re sure to progress to longer hikes that are further afield. But it’s important: exposing our […]
By Rod Martinez How did Colorado acquire its nickname “Colorful Colorado”? There are many reasons why Colorado is colorful, starting with the golden plains, or the blue spruce or green conifers, to our never-ending blue skies, or our abundance of red rocks on the Western Slope. When I think of Colorful Colorado I think of […]