Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Rocky Mountain National Park offers plenty of activities for 100th birthday

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Rocky Mountain National Park - At 10,200 feet, Loch Vale is frozen solid and wind and snow fill a place of austere beauty. This lake in a towering canyon normally draws a crowd, but on Saturday, the icebound Loch had all but rolled up the welcome mat. Gusts came with such force that...

  • Air Force Academy remains quiet on new trail rules after on-campus attacks

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The Air Force Academy is keeping mum when it comes to a "buddy system" rule that bars solo hiking, running and mountain biking on academy trails and open spaces. Two days after releasing a statement attributing the new rule to on-campus attacks, the academy says it won't...

  • Ice fishing contest set near Westcliffe

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Anglers are invited to put their skills to the test at an ice fishing contest planned for Saturday near Westcliffe. The competition is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake DeWeese, located off County Road 241. Anglers can register online at until 5 p.m. Friday. The...

  • El Paso County formally takes Jones Park ownership


    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Wednesday formally accepted ownership of the 1,200-acre Jones Park west of Colorado Springs. The transfer ended more than a century of ownership by Colorado Springs Utilities, which purchased the land in the 1890s for a water project that...

  • Air Force Academy cites attacks as reason for halting solo hikes, trail rides

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Planning a visit to one of the Air Force Academy’s trails and open spaces? Bring a friend — or don’t go at all. That’s the thrust of a new “buddy system” rule that bars anyone from running, hiking or cycling on academy trails without at least one friend. Violators could be ticketed...

  • Garden of the Gods earns another honor with Colorado Springs trail enthusiasts

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    And the winner is . Garden of the Gods. Again. A new ranking of the Top 25 trails in the Pikes Peak region settled on one of the area's more popular and more lauded tourist attractions for its No. 1 spot. It's little wonder. The list was compiled by the Colorado Springs Convention...

  • Big storms bring rare treat for Nordic skiiers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    now still was piled on tree branches the morning Carson Black sighted his quarry: a prime cross-country ski spot smack in the middle of Colorado Springs. "It doesn't happen a lot - maybe three or four times a year," said Black, a retired dentist who made the best of a storm that...

  • Holiday period fuels strong numbers for Colorado ski areas

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A trade association representing most of Colorado's winter resorts is trumpeting a strong opening to the season. Skier and snowboarder visits during the first 21/2 months were "1 percent off" the pace of last season's record-breaking turnout at 21 resorts represented by Colorado Ski...

  • Group seeks updates for aging Colorado Springs asset

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Dave Weesner displays unvarnished pride when discussing the 92-year-old Colorado Springs City Auditorium, but he's quick to state the obvious. The place could use a little freshening up. During a recent visit to the downtown arena and theater at 221 E. Kiowa St., Weesner joined...

  • Colorado Springs man sets Manitou Incline record despite suffering from diabetes

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    To the growing body of myths surrounding Manitou Incline excess and adventure, Greg Cummings adds the tale of a rare odyssey. Think of him as the guy who marched to the firmament and back. A day before the Incline closed in August for repairs, the Colorado Springs resident says he...