Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

Lance Benzel reports on outdoor recreation along with feature stories - occasionally dipping into hard news. Benzel is a former courts reporter at The Gazette.

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Zip lines in Colorado continue to garner popularity, high thrill marks

By: Lance Benzel

If an Indiana Jones-style rope bridge over a 450-foot chasm gives you pause, hold onto your hat, Dr. Jones: You might not like what comes next.

At the newly reopened Seven Falls in Colorado Springs, a new...

Ski deals let kids ski for free and reduced fees

By: lance benzel

Summer's still in full swing, but ski deals are looking awfully cool in Colorado - especially for the under-18 set.

Vail Resorts on Monday opened registration for its Epic SchoolKids program, which provides...

Brightest meteor shower of 2015 to peak Thursday night

By: lance benzel

It's the brightest meteor shower of the year - a cosmic fireworks show fueled by flecks of space dust no larger than grains of sand.

The annual Perseid meteor shower - due to peak Thursday night - is driving...

Manitou Springs man sets mark for ascents on Manitou Incline


Manitou Incline fixture Roger Austin has raised the bar on the most punishing trail in the state.

The 50-year-old Incline fanatic completed his 1,101st ascent Tuesday, topping a calendar-year record of 1,100...

Rider in residence: Locked gate seals off trail expansion in Colorado Springs

By: Lance Benzel

An experienced mountain biker with an undiminished appetite for singletrack, Sen. Mike Merrifield of Colorado Springs is prone to become agitated when he talks trails and access - especially where Pikes Peak is...

No Manitou Incline, no problem. Satisfy that Incline itch with these area trails

By: Lance Benzel

On a rebar-studded slope in Pikes Peak's shadow, it packs more pain per square foot than some hikers care to endure.

Many others grow hopelessly addicted.

It's true: There's nothing quite like the...

Popular fishing holes near Colorado Springs given the all clear after contamination

By: lance benzel

For the first time in nearly a decade, anglers at Willow Springs Ponds in Fountain can eat what they catch without worrying about poisoned fish.

At least that's the word from the Colorado Department of...

City officials announce temporary closure of Manitou Incline

By: lance benzel

Attention Incline hikers: Your favorite sufferfest will be closed Saturday morning and much of Sunday to make way for participants in the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, Colorado Springs city officials announced...