Lydia Hooper is Digital Content Manager for History Colorado. She has produced online content for many organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Wilderness Society, National Environmental Health Association, National Rural Health Resource Center, Nonprofit Learning Lab, ArtPlace America, and SAGE Publishing. Lydia graduated summa cum laude with an interdisciplinary B.A. from the University of Colorado-Denver.
With its extreme climate and rocky landscapes, Colorado might seem a surprising location for wineries. But when British explorer Isabella Bird traversed Colorado’s St. Vrain Canyon by horseback in 1873, she described “wild grape vines [trailing] their lemon-colored foliage along the ground.” Plenty of sunshine and cool nights in Colorado provide the ideal conditions for grapes with the complex character needed to produce delicious wines.
Enjoying springtime in Colorado is just as likely to be about snow activities as hikes to see wildflowers. If you’re seeking a break that will transport you not only to new places but also to Colorado’s past, here are a few places to consider.