Hidden Colorado

5:00am

Wed December 17, 2014
Hidden Colorado

'World's Smallest Ski Resort' Once Lived Outside Of Greeley

Sharktooth as it appears now, seen from the nearby Poudre Trail.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado is known worldwide for incredible skiing on its magnificent mountains… but the resort experience also comes with long lines and uber-expensive lift tickets. Back in the 1970s you could have simply headed to Greeley.

Instead of dodging moguls, you could have been dodging tumbleweeds at Sharktooth Ski Area – located on the plains east of the Rockies, perched atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the Poudre River.

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7:32am

Thu September 25, 2014
Arts & Life

Arid Adversity Of Prairie Life Has Yet To Erase Keota, Colorado

Keota's water tower looms in the distance. In the foreground, Clyde Stanley's general store sits on main street.
Grace Hood KUNC

Resource-rich Colorado has a long history of mining and exploration that's left many ghost towns across the state. What most often comes to mind are old "silver boom" towns abandoned in the mountains.

Far from the peaks of the Rockies, out on the northeastern prairie is a tiny spec on the map, a piece of history once known as the "Arcadia of the West": Keota, Colorado.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

The Wheel Boot Was Invented In Denver. You’re Welcome, America

A double-booted vehicle spotted in Denver. Take a look at the sign at the front of the auto; someone should have paid better attention.
Jim Hill KUNC

It’s hard to think of any device in modern history that can provoke more feelings of intense rage, grief and sheer desperation than the wheel clamp, wheel boot, parking boot, or auto immobilizer.

All these are names for what's commonly known as the Denver Boot - because it was invented right here in Colorado.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

Traffic Watchers And First Responders Work Deep Inside Hanging Lake Tunnel

The westbound bore of the Hanging Lake Tunnel
Jim Hill KUNC

You’ve most likely driven through the Hanging Lake Tunnel on Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs. You’ve probably never noticed a giant hanger door or at least paid it no mind. Just behind that door sits a full-time fire and rescue department and one of the most technologically advanced traffic command centers in the state.

There’s a lot of action going on in the 4,000 foot tunnel situated next to the Colorado River, much of it you’d never get a chance to see – until now that is.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

New Castle's Coal Legacy Smolders Under Burning Mountain

A memorial to miners who died in a series of mine explosions in New Castle sits in the town's Burning Mountain Park.
Luke Runyon KUNC

The mountains surrounding New Castle, Colorado are on fire. But don’t panic. They’re always on fire, under the surface, out of sight.

The town, 12 miles west of Glenwood Springs and an inevitable stop along I-70, is home to some of the oldest burning coal seam fires in the country. While the fires themselves smolder underground, barren scars on the mountain sides are a reminder of their presence.

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