COVER FEATURE: Gold Rush 2017: The lure and lore of gold

Stopping for autumn color along Phantom Canyon Road, a few miles south of Victor near Grey Wolf Ranch. © Debi Boucher Originally published: September/October 2017 Jeep tours take you places the family sedan cannot or probably shouldn’t go, with someone else doing the driving while you fix your undistracted gaze, and focus your camera (phone),… Read more »

Remote color

Originally published: September/October 2017 Aspen gold in the Rockies isn’t the only reason to head west from the Front Range. Three photographers offer their favorite images from a region less-traveled—Colorado’s arid Western Slope. Big Dominguez Falls Falls plunge to the stream lined with autumn cottonwoods above its confluence with the Gunnison River. Big Dominguez Creek… Read more »

Colorado First: Distant thunder

Bison grazing at the Buffalo Herd Overlook at Genesee Park. © Americanspirit/ Originally published: September/October 2017 By John Lehndorff  First came the sound of distant thunder from over the prairie horizon. Then the ground shook and soon after, a wave of wild, black fur spilled across the unfenced plains of unsettled America. Bison numbered in… Read more »

Explorer’s Hub: Back to 1903

View of Redstone Castle in 2017, secluded along a private road leading south from the town of Redstone. © AAA Colorado/Tom Hess Originally published: September/October 2017 Remote and remarkably preserved, with original furnishings from the Gilded Age, Redstone Castle is scheduled to reopen in 2018 as a dream-come-true wedding destination.  By Pat Woodard When the… Read more »

Online Feature: Long way down

From the outside, Haunted Mine Drop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park looks like an abandoned mine from the 19th century. Inside is a scream-inducing ride. © Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park/Mandy Gauldin Originally published: September/October 2017 By Tom Hess There’s something about the idea of falling fast, in the dark, that haunts many people. Not me…. Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

Originally published: September/October 2017 Winter is coming. Are you ready? How confident are you that your car is ready for the upcoming winter months? Do your tires have sufficient tread to allow you to safely stop on ice or climb that mountain pass? Are your wipers in good condition to clear the snow from your… Read more »

Road Review: Battle of the Behemoths

2017 Nissan Armada. © Nissan Nissan Armada v. Chevrolet Suburban Originally published: September/October 2017 By Courtney Messenbaugh What vehicle do you drive in the Rocky Mountain West—a vehicle that can bring everyone and everything along to conquer Colorado terrain and enjoy the environment? Why, a large SUV, of course. The SUV is built on a… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Originally published: September/October 2017 Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from dozens received online at and via email at  Eye-popping John Brill of Durango emailed this photo of mountain ash, scattered among the thick aspen groves on McClure Pass, near Marble, Colo. “After leaving the Maroon Bells, my wife Amy, our dog… Read more »

President’s Message: Would your car pass a safety inspection?

Originally published: September/October 2017 I get letters from members recalling when the Colorado Department of Revenue required an annual vehicle safety inspection and asking AAA Colorado to advocate for its return. Some members feel that we were safer on the road when cars were inspected by the state for things like working lights and brakes… Read more »

Safe Roads: What to do when you’re pulled over

Originally published: September/October 2017 Almost every driver gets pulled over by law enforcement at least once during their driving career. AAA held focus groups with Law Enforcement Officers and driving instructors to develop the following steps for what to do when you are pulled over. Step 1: Pulling over After you see flashing lights behind… Read more »

Insurance FYI: Prepare for hail

Originally published: September/October 2017 Colorado hailstorms can strike with little warning, giving you too little time to minimize damage. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your vehicle and home. There were more than 5,600 major hailstorms in the U.S. in 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Most hailstones are about the size… Read more »