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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Meeting to discuss popular Colorado Springs trail postponed, scheduled for Oct. 5


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...

Peak fall aspen viewing coming to Colorado; how do we get those brilliant displays?


Their brilliant colors suggest generosity, but the golden displays of Colorado's changing aspens are the result of hoarding, not sharing.

Each fall, as temperatures cool and days grow short, the state's...

El Paso County, Air Force Academy near agreement to reopen popular trail


Is an end in sight to one of the more nettlesome trail closures in the Pikes Peak region?

Signs are hopeful - at least that's the verdict of two El Paso County commissioners working to restore access to a...

Will Colorado Springs-area man, 83, really retire from climbing 14ers?

By: Lance Benzel, The Gazette

Don Panzer of Monument just retired for the second time.

After climbing to the 14,154-foot summit of Mount Democrat on Saturday, the 83-year-old retired Army colonel decided it's time to hang up his exercise...

Rider in residence: Future of Colorado Springs trails uncertain

By: lance benzel

It's the latest riddle in the Bear Creek conundrum: What comes first - the reroutes or the closures?

If you're looking for a straight answer, beware the riddlemaster.

That much became clear during a...