Looking for ideas on how to celebrate Colorado? These books are sure to encourage your adventurous spirit, ignite your curiosity, and inspire family fun.
by Dave Muller
Describes in detail 99 Colorado trails where snowmobiles are forbidden by state or federal regulation or where the terrain makes snowmobiling simply not worth the effort. If you are seeking a serene outing, this is the guidebook for you.
by Alan Apt
Apt has wandered the Front Range for over 30 years. Take advantage of his detailed knowledge of the trails that will safely transport you, friends and family into winter’s backcountry. The book includes a buyer’s and renter’s guide that will help you pick a pair of appropriate snowshoes, as well as safety checklists, so you’ll know what to bring and wear. It also includes suggestions for staying warm, so you can truly enjoy your day on the snow.
Want to try your skills at snowshoeing? Check out a pair and head to the high country or your local snowy trail! DCL has adult and youth sizes.
by Charlie Nuttelman
The book is chock full of information related to navigation, equipment, safety, and outdoor ethics for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, trail running, cross-country ski touring, and backpacking in northern Colorado. It includes over 460 pages with full-color photographs, 88 detailed area maps with mileages and elevations, and more than 500 accurate, tested route descriptions.
by Jodi B. Torpey
The Colorado Gardener’s Companion is your guide to cultivating a successful garden in the Centennial State. Whether you are an experienced green thumb or an inquiring novice, and whether you live in the mountains, on the Western Slope, along the Front Range, or on the Eastern Plains, this easy-to-understand guide will help you grow bountiful vegetables, abundant flowers, and lush lawns.
by Deborah Martin
General garden-building skills and specific techniques are presented in growing-season order — from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics like soil, compost, seeds, pest control and weeds are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try. This book is everything beginning gardeners (or those new to organic gardening) need to get a garden growing and keep it going strong all season.
by Mario Batali
Bestselling author and world-renowned chef Mario Batali pays homage to the American farmer — from Maine to Colorado to Los Angeles — in stories, photos and recipes.
by Diana Rodgers
This unique book is a three-in-one treasure trove: cookbook, grower’s guide, and selection of unplugged living tips. It’s a must-have for anyone looking to have a closer connection to how healthy food is produced.
by Dick Kreck
On May 24, 1911, one of the most notorious murders in Denver’s history occurred. The riveting tale involves high society, adultery, drugs, multiple murder, and more, all set in Denver’s grand old hotel, the Brown Palace.
by Chad Fahs
Shoot, edit and share action-packed video with a GoPro. This book helps users understand the basics of correctly operating, mounting and caring for this camera in all types of environments.
Check out a GoPro at DCL, and capture your epic moments!
by Julia Herz
Beer has reclaimed its place at the dinner table. Yet unlike wine, there aren’t many in-depth resources to guide both beginners and beer geeks for pairing beer with food. This book changes that. As you start your journey, you’ll learn all about the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor.
by Ed Sealover
Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries, and a history that reflects its wild and rugged character. Sealover offers this detailed guide to 10 three-day excursions full of nature, history, and unique watering holes.
by Kim Flottum
This book makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters and cooks everywhere.
by Lori Weidenhammer
This book investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical measures we can all take to help. Planning a bee-friendly space can provide a beautiful and bountiful selection of edible crops, native plants, and fragrant ornamentals, as well as herbs that have medicinal properties for both pollinators and people.
by Chris Meehan
Taking on one of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners — from stately Longs Peak and the iconic Maroon Bells to the easy-to-access Mount Bierstadt — is becoming a pilgrimage for Colorado residents and visitors. Meehan gets you excited about climbing a 14er in this book, which is full of good information about each mountain and its surrounding areas.
by Cully Long
Faced with a map full of blue question marks and no idea where to start? Geocaching novices and pros alike are often daunted by puzzle and mystery caches. This book will help you ask — and get answers to — all the right questions. It includes over 300 pages of lessons, tips, tricks and hints for dealing with even the trickiest puzzle caches.
Yes, you’ve got your smartphone, but a dedicated GPS device has many advantages when adventuring outdoors. Check one out from DCL to help find your cache!
by Vince Migliore
This step-by-step beginner’s guide will help you get started in the hobby of geocaching. It features clear procedures in simple terms for those not familiar with the hobby. Photos and illustrations help guide you, from an introduction to registering with Geocaching.com and on to finding your first caches.
Fun Books for Families & Kids
by Colleen Dolphin
Young readers are introduced to the state of Colorado through stories about the state animal on a big adventure. This book is a great way to explore Colorado when preparing for a school report or family vacation.
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
Learn about Colorado locations through the book’s alphabetical arrangement, featuring photography of Colorado. The book includes maps and descriptions of locations, a glossary, and learning activities.
by Kitty Migaki
This book is full of color photos of the ABCs found in downtown Denver architecture. Every letter has a GPS code to encourage people to visit each letter in person. You can use a smartphone or hand-held GPS (available for checkout at DCL) to find the letters. Most of the letters can be found between the Denver Art Museum and Coors Field, with a few a little farther away. What a fun activity to do with the whole family!
by Eileen Ogintz
Before you plan your family’s next excursion, get some help from a travel professional … and your kids! This guide to Denver and Boulder lets the kids help with trip planning and guides you in exploring these Colorado destinations. Along the way, your kids will be engaged by reading and sharing fun facts and cool travel tips. Awesome games and quizzes will keep the family entertained.