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  • After 101 years Pikes Peak's southern slope set to open - briefly

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    After 101 years behind barbed wire, Pikes Peak's untrammeled southern slope opens to the public Saturday. Historic access to the permit-only 10,000-acre South Slope Recreation Area comes with conditions, however - not to mention a limited timeframe. The area will open this weekend...

  • Pikes Peak region trail 'one of the last remaining wild places along the Front Range'

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    From the wind- and rain-carved rocks of Ice Cave Cliffs, it's easy to imagine you're lost in a wilderness of imponderable scale - or peering somehow back in time. Like the best magic, it turns on an illusion. "You're actually about 3 miles from civilization," said Tom Mowle of the...

  • Old Stage Road west of Colorado Springs opens full-time

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Repairs to Old Stage Road are complete, and it is now open full-time to the public, El Paso County officials said Wednesday. An important recreational corridor for hikers, cyclists and off-road vehicles, the road west of Colorado Springs was closed after the September 2013 rainstorms...

  • South Slope of Pikes Peak to open to the public

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    The South Slope Recreational Area - off-limits to the public for more than a century - is officially ready for visitors. But if you're looking for specifics, you'll have to wait a bit longer. City officials announced Wednesday that they will disclose details of an imminent opening...

  • Colorado fall colors will dazzle this weekend

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Worried that you've missed the fall colors on the path to Cripple Creek? In this case, the best comes to those who wait. A fall display that resulted in untold photos snapped along Colorado 67 and posted to Facebook and Twitter last weekend appears to be reaching a dazzling new...

  • Golden drives: Places to see Colorado's aspens

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Here are a few suggestions for areas to explore to see the aspens change: Pikes Peak region - If you're staying close to home, be sure to consider a drive to Cripple Creek. Take U.S. 24 west through Woodland Park. At Divide, take 
Colorado 67 south. Hikers might wish to check out...

  • Leashed dogs or loose dogs around Colorado Springs? Effort to enforce laws stir trail debate

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Think patrolling for people with off-leash dogs is a walk in the park? Ask Joe Stafford of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region about the time a repeat violator saw two officers approaching in a park and took off running, only to turn and start hurling rocks as they followed...

  • Peyton man taken to Steamboat Springs hospital after horseback riding accident

    Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    A hunting trip near Steamboat Springs reportedly went awry for a Colorado Springs man Saturday when he was bucked from a horse. The victim - age 64 - suffered broken ribs and was taken by helicopter Sunday to the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. His name wasn't...

  • Colorado Springs couple enjoys life on the links at Patty Jewett Golf Course

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    To hear Dickey Edwards tell it, the Patty Jewett Golf Course was once a place where braggarts came for music lessons. In other words, they shot off their mouths and got played like a fiddle. It was all part of the "money game" that thrived in the 1940s at what was then Colorado...

  • Before winter hits, take a mountain biking trip in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    CORTEZ - At Phil's World, lizards and junipers keep their grip on dusty slopes even as cyclists slip the very bonds of gravity. Tucked away in a hot, dry slice of Colorado's Four Corners region, the beloved mountain biking destination plays like a pump track from the beyond -...