Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Colorado resorts enjoy busy ski season

    Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Skiers and snowboarders this season paid 7.1 million visits to Colorado Ski Country USA resorts, coming within half a percentage point of last year's record-setting numbers. Colorado Ski Country represents 21 of Colorado's 25 resorts. Visitation numbers were announced Thursday at the...

  • Trail to Colorado Springs mountain gets an upgrade

    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Not every visitor to North Cheyenne Cañon Park will want to scramble up the final, scree-strewn push to the Mount Muscoco summit. But those who do are in for a treat. Billed as the highest peak in any Colorado Springs city park - several hundred feet higher than a popular lookout...

  • BLM reviewing land use designations on 680,000 acres in central and eastern Colorado

    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management is inviting public comments on an extensive review that will determine how the agency manages 680,000 acres of public land in central and eastern Colorado, including much of the Arkansas River corridor. Expected to take several years to complete, the...

  • Rider in residence: Open space deal is 1st step in creating loop around Cheyenne Mountain

    Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Cyclists burned by a 2012 decision banning them from the Cheyenne Mountain summit have reason to rally behind a new cause - along with anyone else who's dreamed of exploring the hidden reaches of Colorado Springs' second-most recognizable peak. A land deal being mulled by the city...

  • Report card: Love for trails on Colorado 14ers comes with a cost

    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Peak baggers prepare to shell out: The trails you love to climb to 14,000-foot summits will cost $24 million to build or replace. That's the upshot of a new report by Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, a Denver-based nonprofit that spent three years evaluating trails on 14,000-foot...

  • Bicyclist falls victim to angry Colorado Springs driver

    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    As an experienced road cyclist, Max Bennett says he's used to hearing verbal taunts from drivers who believe bikes have no place on the road. Until last week, it was always bluster. That changed Thursday, when the driver of a maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee screamed at Bennett to get off...

  • Gazette travel: Sedona offers plenty of natural beauty and plenty of tourists

    Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Dominated by red rock towers, winsome spires and imposing monoliths, Sedona boasts all the beauty of a national park without the pesky entrance fee. Unfortunately, the secret's been out for a while. Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon - the lovely gateway into town - are among Arizona's...

  • Fish for free in Colorado this weekend

    Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Anglers are invited to fish without shelling out for a license this weekend courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. During the state's annual Free Fishing Weekend, which falls on Saturday and Sunday, the $9 daily licensing fee will be waived. Just be aware that if you're heading to...

  • Journey to summit of Cheyenne Mountain remains a long trip

    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    High in the upper reaches of Cheyenne Mountain State Park, the efforts are giving shape to Dixon Trail, a long-awaited route to the summit.

  • A hike into Cheyenne Mountain's rugged history

    Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Dixon Trail is named for Thomas Dixon, one of two homesteaders who in 1917 laid claim to an 800-acre swath of land atop Cheyenne Mountain. Dixon built a house from timber harvested from the surrounding forest and reached his home by means of a hiking trail that descended the...

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