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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Fight over historic trail near Colorado Springs at an impasse

By: lance benzel

The fight over Ute Pass Regional Trail has entered a new offensive.

Foes of a proposed trail planned for the historic corridor west of Manitou Springs threw up a hurdle last month, convincing the El Paso...

Map: Aspens of Pikes Peak approaching peak color


Aspens on Pikes Peak are shining brighter by the day, making today an excellent time for your family hike or drive.

But will local fall color be at an absolute peak?

That's for you to discover.


Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness a hidden treasure for outdoor enthusiasts

By: Lance Benzel

Near Sheridan, Wyo. - Crowned by granite half domes overlooking a gently rolling landscape of trickling creeks and glacier-carved lakes, Cloud Peak Wilderness handily earns its nickname: The Yosemite of the Rocky...

10 scenic drives to check out Colorado's gold rush of aspens

By: Lance Benzel

Here are a few suggestions for areas to explore to see golden aspen leaves in Colorado:

Pikes Peak region

- If a long road trip is out of the question, stay local and enjoy the drive up Old Stage Road...

Meeting to discuss popular Colorado Springs trail postponed


El Paso County officials have postponed a public meeting to discuss talks to reopen a 7-mile segment of New Santa Fe Regional Trail at the Air Force Academy.

The meeting has been moved to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at...

With 'ponies' in tow, Colorado Springs-area vet completes tri-state trail ride


After days of frustration navigating trails snarled by fallen trees and scarred by wildfires, Ray Knell and his string of mules broke through to a place of refuge.

Somewhere in the tangled forests near...

Sainthood for Father Serra could raise profile of Colorado Springs Catholic group


First of all, it's the Serra Club - not the Sierra Club.

They're not all that hard to keep separate, once you know the difference.

If it helps, think of it this way: The Sierra Club, a prominent...

Gazette's fall colors map marks return of leaf-peeping season


Looking for the best place to spot fall colors?

You can spend hours on dirt roads scouting likely locations, only to find yourself a bit early or too late - or you can simply log on to The Gazette's Colorado...