publisher’s NOTE | September/October 2020
As we move into Fall, uncertainty remains the buzzword. Are stores open and if so, what are their protocols and hours of operation. Will restaurants continue serving on premise as colder weather approaches? Are businesses answering phones, or are calls being redirected to employees’ homes as they continue working remotely?

There is still a lot we don’t know, and obviously we’re learning as we move forward. But amid all the chaos and strain of the pandemic, we can take solace in knowing we are fortunate to live in one of the best states in the nation. We have nature’s bounty right in our backyard, and even a brief respite from quarantine is possible within minutes or hours of our homes.

In our current issue, take time to read about several of Colorado’s fabulous areas – from the lesser-known hidden gems to more widely visited and ever-popular regions. There is so much to do that boarding an airplane is no longer a necessity – in fact the ticket to fun is traveling around our state, exploring the beauty and wonder that makes it so special.

To the south, the Royal Gorge region serves up a huge variety of adventure of all types, from whitewater rafting to zipling to crossing a narrow bridge more than 1,000 feet in the air. Whether camping under the stars or glamping in style, this is an area of Colorado that is guaranteed to offer something for everyone.

As hotels have reopened, a wide variety of protocols have made their way into day-to-day operations. With a slew of new cleaning procedures now in place, it falls to the housekeeping staff to ensure that guests can check in and feel comfortable that their health and safety remains priority No. 1. Writer Claudia Carbone digs into some of the new safety measures and pays kudos to the behind-the-scenes workers who are doing double-duty to make sure hotels are Covid-free.

With so many individuals adversely affected by the pandemic, the number of homeless is a tragic byproduct. In an effort to help the downtrodden, Mercy Housing, a national nonprofit headquartered in Denver, is working tirelessly to help those in need, providing countless people with shelter, food and more. We introduce you to Mercy Housing’s new CEO and pay tribute to some of the wonderful staff and volunteers who are so giving of their time and resources.

Sometimes, you just want to get away from it all, whether by car or perhaps even train. How about a fast … make that really fast drive in a McLaren, the British sportscar that really does go faster than a speeding train. Speaking of trains, Eric Elkins recently hopped aboard the California Zephyr for a little downtime of his own and chronicles his experience. As Eric discovered, his ticket to ride turned into a unique and relaxing opportunity to enjoy the landscape, kick back and watch the world go by.

From Grand Lake to Rocky Mountain National Park, there’s always something going on in Colorful Colorado. Whether it’s an excursion with the family or a quick getaway from the city, we have a lot of fun tips and trips that will help ease the stress and strain of the times we now face. So enjoy the issue, and we look forward to seeing more of your wonderful photos and memories of your unique Colorado experiences.

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Ellen Gray
Publisher, Colorado Traveler Magazine