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Hiking Trails: The Secret to Finding Tabor Lake

Those of you who’ve hiked the Tabor Creek Trail and brought a map along may have noticed that there is supposedly a lake in the Tabor Creek valley. You also may have noticed that the trail goes nowhere near any lakes as it meanders up to the pass at the head of the valley. If this has left you scratching your head in bewilderment, you’re not alone.

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Day Trips: Rifle Falls and Rifle Gap

Located about an hour and a half from Aspen, the town of Rifle is home to two frequently overlooked state parks that provide a welcome getaway from the hordes who flock to the Roaring Fork Valley each summer. The first, Rifle Falls State Park, features a spectacular waterfall and interesting limestone caves set in a lush valley.

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Midvalley Restaurants: Cuvée World Bistro

Taking its name from a French term for blended wine, Cuvée World Bistro can be found at 305 Gold Rivers Court in the heart of downtown Basalt. A hit since its opening in the summer of 2007, Cuvée enters its third summer with a sterling reputation for great food and excellent wines as well as a spacious new lounge area built in the spring of 2009.

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Hiking Trails: Three Hidden Gems in Basalt

BASALT, CO - In the spring, when trails in the high country are still covered with snow, or even later in the summer when afternoon thunderstorms become a problem, it can be hard to find worthwhile hikes in the Aspen area.

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Midvalley Restaurants: Smoke

Calling itself “Modern Barbecue,” Smoke satisfies a carnivorous urge in the midvalley with ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and everything else one might expect to find in a classic barbeque place. So it’s only natural to wonder what, exactly, modern barbecue means.

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Midvalley Restaurants: Darwin's

A relative newcomer to the midvalley scene, Darwin’s Beer and Grill is the brainchild of Steve Sklar, whose previous ventures have included Aspen’s Grill Next Door and the Big Hoss Grill in Snowmass Village.