In the spirit of Colorado, we venture into literary territory that is wide-ranging and eclectic. From poetry etched on rocks to a whimsical library with a view of river-rafting to a university that launches major publishing careers to one of the most celebrated independent bookstores in history to the home of a bestselling world leader to a classic car museum, the Colorado Author Adventures Trail offers something for everyone.
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A. The Tattered Cover, Denver
B. Publishing Institute at the University of Denver
C. Golda Meir, Denver
D. Clive Cussler, Arvada
E. John Denver, Colorado Poet Laureate, Aspen
F-G. Louis L’Amour (The Strater Hotel) and the Durango Library, Durango
In addition to the stops above, author, journalist, and playwright Damon Runyan has two cool places named for him in Pueblo (southeast of our trail), where his family lived beginning in the late 1880s. One is a community theater and the other is a lake known for great fishing. These places are not on our trail at this time because they would require a separate trip due to the location of Pueblo.
Similarly, Greeley (northeast of Denver) is off the path of our trail but, for those in the area interested in history writers, we recommend visiting the University of Northern Colorado Library for its vast James Michener collection of original writings. Michener donated these items there because it is where his career began when it was a teachers’ college. Read about it here: unco.edu/library/archives/james_michener_collection. Check out our pages about other James Michener landmarks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The Colorado Author Adventures Trail runs mostly north-south through the western side of the state.
Here is our timeline that ties into the sites on our Colorado Trail: