Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Southern Front Range: Sporting event in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: Billed as the second oldest motor sports event in the U.S., this race to the top of America’s Mountain celebrates its 93rd running June 28. Don’t miss the Fan Fest, held 5-10 p.m. June 26 on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs....

  • Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range: Three adventures in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Hike to Willow Lake: Nestled among fourteeners near Crestone, this lake is pristine and filled by a tranquil waterfall. But reaching it is far from easy. The round trip is approximately 9 miles. Glutton for punishment? Push on to the summit of Kit Carson Peak. More info:...

  • Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range: Two scenic drives in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway: Make your next trip to New Mexico count by skipping Interstate 25 between Walsenburg and Trinidad in favor of this tour of crumbling coke ovens and views of Lake Trinidad State Park. It’s especially scenic in the fall when the aspen groves...

  • Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range: Two fairs/rodeos in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Alamosa Round-Up: It’s worth a trip to the San Luis Valley on June 23-28 to see some of the top bull riders in the nation take on the top Honeycutt Bulls. A demolition derby is also on the schedule and country music singer Mark Chestnut will hit the stage June 28. More info:...

  • Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range: Sporting event in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    FIBArk: Billed as “America’s Oldest and Boldest Whitewater Festival,” this perennial draw held June 18-21 in Salida brings out the best of the country’s whitewater paddlers. With rushing rapids and potentially deadly boulders and snags, they put on a show worth catching. More info:...

  • Sawatch Mountain Range: Three adventures in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Hike Quandary Peak: No 14,000-foot peak is easy, but this fourteener south of Breckenridge offers an excellent, moderate introduction — just don’t expect privacy. The mountain’s East Ridge offers a 5-mile, out-and-back route to the summit. More info: 14ers.com Ride a mountain pass:...

  • Sawatch Mountain Range: Two scenic drives in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Top of the Rockies National Scenic and Historic Byway: This 115-mile stunner near Leadville twice traverses the Continental Divide. Wildflowers, thick forests and wildlife abound on this climb over 12,095-foot Independence Pass. Pack a lunch and stop and savor the experience. More...

  • Sawatch Mountain Range: Two fairs/rodeos in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    High Country Stampede Rodeo: Held in Fraser every Saturday from July 4 to Aug. 15, this series offers plenty of chances to enjoy the action. Junior rodeo is held at 3 p.m., a western BBQ is at 4 p.m. and the main rodeo is at 7 p.m. On July 25, children 6-13 get in for half price. More...

  • Sawatch Mountain Range: Sporting event to watch in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    USA Pro Challenge: Catch key stages of this international cycling race in Summit County. On Aug. 18, the riders will cap a 104-mile day with a 5-mile climb to Arapahoe Basin. On Aug. 21, an 8.5-mile time trial in Breckenridge will offer prime viewing for spectators. More info:...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park and the West: Three adventures in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park: Start at the Colorado River trailhead in the park’s western reaches for a tour that takes you past the remains of Lulu City, a short-lived silver and lead mining settlement (1879-1880), toward the source of the Colorado River. More info:...

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