Dog-Off Leash Area at Cherry Creek State Park

A weekend in Denver (visit #2)

We did this on our first Big Trip: camped in the Airstream beside our friends’ house in Northeast Denver. Like, in the city! It was a blast both times. We ate a ton, drank good beer, and had some adventures around...

dog on horsetooth rock

Five days in Fort Collins, CO

I have a strange personal attachment to Ft Collins. I had never been there, didn’t know much about it other than its location north of Denver, but for some reason for something like twenty years I’ve always had a thought...

rocky mountain national park dog hike

Two days in Estes Park, CO

We really wanted Estes Park to be a charming little mountain town. It’s the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and has a compact, walkable downtown area… that’s full of t-shirt shops and candy stores and tourists. Even in mid-May,...

airstream boondocking in denver

Two and a half days in Denver, CO

We have intentionally skipped big cities on this trip, but we made an exception to see some friends in Denver, and had a blast. I love Denver, can see myself living there. It is full of neighborhoods with distinct character,...

buena vista

Five days in Buena Vista, CO

Buena Vista, a pretty little town with a special flair for river activities, sits in a valley surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in Colorado. Before you visit, you need to know that it’s pronounced “Byoo-na Viss-ta,” or just “Byoonie.” Don’t...

montrose ute trail gunnison river

Two days in Montrose, CO

Originally, we had wanted to spend a couple nights at Ridgway State Park, exploring the trails there and around Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but the snow event that forced us to reroute through Moab and Grand Junction kept...

grand junction rattlesnake arches hike dog

Hiking in Grand Junction, CO: McInnis Canyon

We did two fun and insanely gorgeous hikes while staying in Grand Junction, both near Fruita in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Devils Canyon On our first afternoon in town, we hiked Devils Canyon Trail, a 6.7 mile loop...

grand junction downtown dog

Three days in Grand Junction, CO

So this is the point in our story where the random day in Moab slots in: the morning we were to leave Cortez, with the sketchy weather forecast in mind, we checked the highway conditions on the way to Ridgway,...

mesa verde cliff palace

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park does not offer extensive hiking; it is mostly about the views and tours of the ancient cliff dwellings. We did a few short hikes and one of the scenic drives, stopping at overlooks to ogle the artifacts. We did not tour any...

dog at mancos state park

Two days in Cortez, CO

After stopping for lunch at Farm Bistro in Cortez on our way to Durango, we knew it was a neat little town and would make a great base from which to visit Mesa Verde National Park, and from Cortez we...