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Lance Benzel

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  • Before winter hits, take a mountain biking trip in Colorado


    CORTEZ - At Phil's World, lizards and junipers keep their grip on dusty slopes even as cyclists slip the very bonds of gravity. Tucked away in a hot, dry slice of Colorado's Four Corners region, the beloved mountain biking destination plays like a pump track from the beyond -...

  • Three area runners to receive Spirit of the Springs awards

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Three local mountain runners will receive the Spirit of the Springs awards Thursday in a ceremony at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. Mayor Richard Bach will present the awards at 1:30 p.m. to Joe Gray, Shannon Payne and Allie McLaughlin, the city said in a news...

  • Poachers sought in death of bear near Canon City

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Wildlife officials are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the poacher or poachers responsible for killing a black bear with a series of arrow strikes. The bear was shot several times and was found "within the past two weeks" in the Dawson Ranch...

  • Rampart Range Road could open in fall, but no timetable for Waldo Canyon Trail

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A closed portion of Rampart Range Road might reopen this fall, but don't count on a return to Waldo Canyon Trail anytime soon. That's the latest word from the U.S. Forest Service on two hot-button closures at popular recreation areas west of Colorado Springs. In an interview with...

  • Aspen season has arrived in Colorado, Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Let the hunt for fall colors begin. Touches of gold across Colorado's scenic landscape suggest the time is nearly at hand: The aspens are about to change. Before you gas up the minivan and load the family, however, remember that it's not quite that easy. Even the experts can't say...

  • Golden drives: Places to see Colorado's aspens

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Here are a few suggestions for areas to explore to see the aspens change: Pikes Peak region - If you're staying close to home, be sure to consider a drive to Cripple Creek. Take U.S. 24 west through Woodland Park. At Divide, take 
Colorado 67 south. Hikers might wish to check out...

  • Volunteers sought for trail work on Manitou Incline

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Do you love the Manitou Incline? Prove it. Volunteers are being sought for a series of work days on the popular trail, which climbs roughly 2,000 feet in about a mile. The trail was closed Aug. 18 for repairs and is expected to reopen in December. Three volunteer days are...

  • Famed naturalist Zwinger dies

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Ann Haymond Zwinger, a naturalist, author, artist and longtime Colorado Springs resident who had the first of her more than 20 books published at age 45, died last month in Portland, Ore. She was 89. Zwinger, who moved to Colorado Springs in 1960 with her husband, an Air Force pilot,...

  • Humans, not bears, to blame for dangerous encounters in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    In the heart of one of Colorado's more scenic wilderness areas, they raid campsites, snatch food bags and shred tents. But black bears aren't to blame for the trouble in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, U.S. Forest Service rangers say. It's the people who attract...

  • Stretch of Ute Indian trail will soon be open to public

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A 3-mile segment of a historic Ute Indian trail in Manitou Springs will soon be open to the public. The Ute Pass Regional Trail will ultimately span 12 miles following a route once used to traverse Ute Pass. The finished segment begins at the Manitou Incline trailhead and ends in an...