COVER FEATURE: Summer Fun: History that entertains

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Reds caption John “Crush” Sumner of Colorado Springs pitches to a striker (batter) at the dish (home plate), hoping to render a dead hand (prevent the batter from reaching base). © Bryan Oller By Pat Woodard Originally published: May/June 2017 On the printed page, history can be as dull as… Read more »

Wildly beautiful

By John Fielder Originally published: May/June 2017 The people of Colorado find solitude and tranquility in the state’s 44 wilderness areas—public lands protected by The Wilderness Act of 1964. “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and… Read more »

Colorado First: Ancient secrets

Archaeologist and petroglyph expert Carol Patterson, Ph.D., leads an educational summer tour of students from Telluride on-site at the Shavano Petroglyphs in Montrose County. © Lu Anne Tyrrell By Tom Hess With additional reporting by Edie Crawford and Lu Anne Tyrrell Originally published: May/June 2017 Ancient images carved into Colorado rock seem to hold profound… Read more »

Explorer’s Hub: Summer roadtrip pizza

Colorado Boy Pizza and Brewery on Main Street in Montrose attracts friends and family of all ages. © Lu Anne Tyrrell By Jesse Wilson Originally published: May/June 2017 Many people take no small amount of pride in finding their favorite local pizza joints, but these places can often be hit-or-miss. Below are four exceptional local… Read more »

Online Feature: ‘More magical by night’

Scheduled to open May 27,2017, the mythical world of Pandora, from the James’ Cameron film Avatar, will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park history. Concept art, courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering By Tom Hess Originally published: May/June 2017 The Oscar-winning 2009 film Avatar is the highest grossing movie in… Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

Originally published: May/June 2017 Rescuing you and your bike Summertime is bicycling season—a great time to remember that AAA Colorado is ready to help members whose bicycle (including tandem or rental bike) has become disabled or inoperable, and can be safely reached from any normally traveled, maintained road. Your bike will be secured to the… Read more »

Road Review: The battle of compact trucks

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab. Courtesy of Toyota By Bryce Crawford Originally published: May/June 2017 In recent years, American manufacturers abandoned midsize pickups in favor of the more profitable full-size variety—until recently, when GM brought the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon back to the masses. The king before and the king after is… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Originally published: May/June 2017 Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from dozens received online at and via email at Seeing her shadow Stephanie Urban of Denver submitted this photo by email of she and her dog, Maizie, exploring the Great Sand Dunes National Park. “We visit the Sand Dunes often and especially… Read more »

President’s Message: A vision of a safer tomorrow

Originally published: May/June 2017 Over the last 25 years, there has been a downward trend in fatal car crashes. The cars we drive and the roads we drive on are safer and better built. However, this long-term trend has recently reversed as the number of fatal traffic crashes has dramatically increased over the last two… Read more »

Safe Roads: The bad news spreads fast

Originally published: May/June 2017 Young millennials earned the top spot of worst-behaved U.S. drivers, in a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (the Foundation)—news that spread rapidly among national and local media outlets in February. The Foundation’s Traffic Safety Index found that young millennials increased their crash risk by texting while driving,… Read more »

Insurance FYI: Serving alcohol safely

Originally published: May/June 2017 Whether you’re hosting a small get-together or throwing a big bash this summer, it’s important to protect yourself and your guests. Keep these tips in mind when planning your event: Encourage your guests to arrange for designated drivers. Provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages for guests. Stop serving alcohol well… Read more »