hiking

Two Short Scenic Hikes in Summit County, Colorado. HeidiTown (3)

Summit County is a playground for those who love the outdoors. In the winter there are plentiful ski resorts and in the summer, this part of the Rocky Mountains provides every type of outdoor activity from kayaking to hikes. The proximity to the Front Range means trails can get busy, so I recommend getting out early and following all rules. If the sign says leash fido, leash your dog. If

On the Road in Grand Junction, Colorado: Take a Hike with the Dog

When you think of Grand Junction, mountain biking probably comes to mind. That’s because it’s an ideal location to push yourself to the limit on two wheels. For various reasons, I stay on my feet, and while it’s a top mountain biking destination, Grand Junction is an ideal spot to hike. We browsed several online maps of Grand Junction and were shocked to see how many trails are in the

On the Road in Grand Junction, Colorado Ride with Adrenaline Driven Adventures. HeidiTown (10)

We just returned from a dog-friendly trip to Grand Junction, a town of 62,000 on the Western Slope in Mesa County. The area is great for a getaway with Fido, or in our case, Fritzi. Not only was our hotel dog-friendly, but there are dog parks, and trails everywhere. Well-behaved dogs are even allowed in some downtown stores and on many restaurant and brewery patios. With a lot of sunshine

The Snowy Range in Living Color Wildflowers in Wyoming. HeidiTown (16)

My mission this past weekend was to find wildflowers in the Snowy Range. Let’s just say that I succeeded and it was beyond my wildest dreams. And it’s not too late. These flowers didn’t look like they were going away anytime soon, but they will go away, so time is of the essence. Photos taken on a Canon T3i and Samsung 9+. The Snowy Range is just 30 minutes west

Short Colorado Hike, Big Rewards The Grottos Trail. HeidiTown (7)

I do not usually review hikes on HeidiTown, but we came upon The Grottos Trail rather unexpectedly and had such a good time, I thought it deserved to be highlighted. We spent a wonderful three-nights at the Limelight Hotel in Snowmass last week and decided to head home to Colorado’s Front Range via Independence Pass. A lot of Snowmass and Aspen locals take this route in the summer. They claim

A Visit to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, sun rays. HeidiTown.com

A lot of my readers live here in Colorado and many of you have probably visited Garden of the Gods, but how long has it been since you’ve stepped into this iconic Colorado Springs park? For me, it had been more than 15 years and we were long overdue for a return trip. Thankfully, on our last visit to Colorado Springs, we stayed at Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort and this

The perfect day in Grand Lake. lake reflections HeidiTown.com

Ryan and I woke to sunlight flooding in our condo’s bedroom window. Outside, Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, was so still it appeared that I could walk across the glassy surface. Our search for breakfast didn’t take us far. Blue Water Bakery is mere steps away from Eagles Spirit Condo. We ate eggs and toast at a patio table with lake views while hummingbirds buzzed around us,

Easy hiking around Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument. On the trail to the confluence. HeidiTown.com

I’ve already written about camping at Echo Park and what inspired our visit to this remote national monument in Northwest Colorado. In this post I wanted to share several of the hikes we took while camping in this beautiful spot. We didn’t do any big treks as we had our old dog, Xena, with us and dogs can’t be on the trails around Echo Park, so we had to leave

Camping at Echo Park in Dinosour National Park, HeidiTown.com

When we told friends that we were spending our wedding anniversary camping at Dinosaur National Monument in Northwest Colorado, most of them looked at us in confusion. After all, a monument is just a rock in the ground erected in memory of a person or historical event, right? Yes, but a National Monument is so much more. A National Monument is a federally protected area that is similar to a

sled dogs winter park

This week’s radio segment is a little embarrassing. My voice is so husky that I sound like my other job might be at one of those late night phone chat establishments. The truth is that last week I was knocked on my butt with a terrible head cold/flu thing that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Anyway, I’m just about back to normal, whatever normal is, and you should