COVER FEATURE: Gold Rush 2016: Living color, living history

Colorado faithfully preserves its steam-driven trains to grant passengers access to world-class autumn scenery unavailable by car. By Tom Hess Originally published: September/October 2016 Editor’s note: Viewing aspen from the comfort of a car is by far the most popular means, to experience Colorado’s annual gold rush (see “Autumn road trips: Four base camps”). Yet… Read more »

Autumn road trips: Four base camps

Seen from Boreas Pass Road, thousands of golden aspen run down the hill into the valley below. © Debi Boucher These autumn drives take you to some of the best aspen views that Colorado offers.  Words and images by Debi Boucher Originally published: September/October 2016 Boreas Pass Boreas Pass is a self-guided Forest Service Historic… Read more »

That dreaded Check Engine Light

And the peace that comes with a trustworthy repair shop. By Courtney Messenbaugh Originally published: September/October 2016 Not long ago, I drove along U.S. 36 in Boulder County, the sun shining, my to-do list shrinking, and the kids at a sitter. I sang along with Pharrell Williams of The Voice fame, from his song “Happy”—“feeling… Read more »

Colorado First: Charming Old Towns, Part II

Lindsay Dillenbeck, along with her husband, Chris (not pictured), is fifth-generation owner of F.M. Light, a fabled Western wear destination in Steamboat Springs that has been open for more than a century. © Scott Franz Originally published: September/October 2016 Editor’s note: EnCompass published Part I of its Charming Old Towns series in the May–June 2015… Read more »

Online Feature: All in the family

Sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren (left) visited Seven Falls in 1916. One hundred years later, the sisters’ great-grandniece Sarah joined her father and Van Buren grandnephew, Bob, and mother, Rhonda (right), on a cross-country centennial tribute ride. © Allison Scott By Tom Hess Originally published: September/October 2016 One hundred years ago, the Van Buren… Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

West Metro Travel Agent, Stephanie Portugal, assists a member with planning his dream vacation. Originally published: September/October 2016 Retail Store Spotlight: West Metro, Denver AAA Colorado’s West Metro store, serving the West Denver communities of Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Arvada and Golden, is hosting an Open House and Car Care Event on Saturday, October 15, 2016,… Read more »

Road review: Best of both worlds

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Courtesy of Toyota Which hybrid is right, and reliable? EnCompass tested Toyota’s 2015 Prius and Camry to help you decide.  By Bryce Crawford Originally published: September/October 2016 Wherever gas prices currently sit, there’s no question Colorado, like the rest of the country, has been experiencing some of the lowest levels in… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from the dozens received by email through Originally published: September/October 2016 Day to remember Tom Beachman of Cedaredge photographed his wife, Sue, last October along the Little Robinson Trail, south of Coal Creek Road in the Kebler Pass drainage of the West Elk Wilderness. “The trail is… Read more »

President’s Message: Easy riders

Originally published: September/October 2016 Do I look like a former biker to you? Probably not. Linda Cavanagh AAA Colorado President and CEO In the past, I rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle all around Colorado. The biker community is tight-knit, with the bonds of friendship lasting a lifetime. Bikers look out for one another, an assurance… Read more »

SafeRoads: Careful now

Originally published: September/October 2016 Children going to and from school can test drivers’ patience. They run in front of cars, dash from crosswalks onto the road, and pedal their bikes through red lights. While this behavior would be inexcusable from an adult, children act in these ways for a reason: young children are still developing… Read more »

Insurance FYI: What to buy your teen driver

Originally published: September/October 2016 Getting a driver’s license is an important milestone for both teens and their parents, but each may differ in their vision of the ideal car. While young drivers may choose power and style, most parents want to keep their children safe, and at affordable insurance rates. According to the Insurance Institute… Read more »