If you ask us where you can find the most trillion-dollar sights, where you can run the gnarliest rivers and charge the sickest runs, and where you can make one hike that is sure to save your citified soul within a single afternoon, we would take out the map of Colorado, trim the edges and point right to the center. Because here’s where you’ll find more magic per square mile than anywhere else in the state.
It’s the stomping ground of war heroes and X Games athletes and the hideaway of billionaires, ski bums and gonzo fugitives. It’s also patrolled by bear, elk, hummingbird and eagle, laced by trail, rail and river, and linked by free transport, epic bike paths and more friendly smiles than seems reasonable. But then again, of course people are smiling. They get to live here.