Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Rain-damaged Red Rock Canyon could present new problems for Colorado Springs

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Near-record rainfall this month exposed a potential legal thicket at Red Rock Canyon Open Space that could force emergency action, including trail reroutes, which would add to Colorado Springs' multimillion-dollar repair tab, officials say. An earthen retention pond in the western...

  • List: Updated trail closures in the Colorado Springs area

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The following trail closures remain in effect in Colorado Springs, as of late Tuesday: - The Midland Trail between 26th Street and Ridge Road - All of Red Rock Canyon Open Space, due to the extensive damage caused by recent rains and a dam breach within Sand Canyon. - Section 16...

  • It's official: Fees set to rise at Rocky Mountain National Park

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Fees at Rocky Mountain National Park will increase as much as 50 percent beginning Oct. 1, the park announced Tuesday. Starting in October, the weekly pass will increase from $20 to $30 and the annual pass will increase from $40 to $50. The annual pass will increase to $60 by 2017. In...

  • Paint Mines Interpretative Park, Colorado Springs bug museum to be featured

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Tucked away in the plains east of Colorado Springs, Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of the world's "fantastical places" - a one-of-a-kind attraction whose whimsical, colored hoodoos have lured awestruck humans for thousands of years. That's the verdict of - an...

  • 5 hiking trails near Colorado Springs where you can escape big crowds

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    The Pikes Peak region is blessed with its share of singletrack chestnuts - trails that never get old, no matter how many times we tread them. But there's no reason to get stuck in a rut. Any day now the rain will relent. When it does, The Gazette proposes five lesser-traveled Front...

  • Storms damage to Colorado Springs trails estimated at nearly $3 million

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Storms that battered Colorado Springs this month delivered the city's parks department its heftiest repair bill in memory, topping the ruinous floods of September 2013. Parks officials tallied $2.8 million in damage to 19 locations along the Interstate 25 corridor, including trail...

  • It's back! Popular Front Range poster available again

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Five months after drawing a crowd with a limited-edition run, a new printing of The Gazette's award-winning poster featuring Colorado's Front Range soon will be for sale again. Five thousand copies of the approximately 6-foot-by-1-foot illustration will be available starting Monday...

  • For Colorado hot springs maven, it's all about the soak

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Call it a collective case of sour grapes, but Deborah Frazier is accustomed to getting guff about her job. She's the hot springs maven - the lady who tests the waters for the rest of us, as spiritually demanding as that sounds. "I constantly take ragging for it," said the former...

  • San Juan Mountain Range: Three adventures in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Camp at Little Lake Molas: Named the “Most Scenic Campground in Colorado” by AAA, the 137 beautiful acres are accessed via the Million Dollar Highway outside of Silverton, where the air is thin. Need more persuading? Two words should do the trick: Hot showers. More info:

  • San Juan Mountain Range: Two scenic drives in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Trail of the Ancients: Cutting through the desert landscape of southwestern Colorado, this 116-mile stretch of road near the Four Corners area takes visitors past the former home of ancestral Puebloans, Mesa Verde National Park, Howenweep National Monument and Ute Mountain Tribal Park....

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