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Lance Benzel

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  • Exploring Colorado's outdoors: There's an app for that

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    "Dude ... guess where I am?!" Once upon a time, discovering cell reception in the backcountry was a novelty worth broadcasting. Remember those annoying text messages you received from a buddy at the summit while you were stuck in a cubicle? But times have changed, and cellphones -...

  • In pilgrimage, a church asks forgiveness for role in 1864 Sand Creek Massacre

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    At a dusty memorial to a mass killing in eastern Colorado, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky says it's time to repent and seek forgiveness. "Part of our church tradition is to recognize our sins," she says while accepting a share of the blame for one of the uglier chapters in Colorado history....

  • Tragedies on waterways affecting Colorado rafting industry

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    River guides in Glenwood Springs have safely escorted hundreds of rafters this year, delivering tragedy-free thrills on the Colorado River. But try telling that to tourists turned skittish by reports of deaths elsewhere on Colorado's swollen waterways. "If you have bad news in one...

  • El Paso County to use grant to add to open space

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    A $500,000 state grant from Great Outdoors Colorado will add a 63-acre parcel to a recreational area south of Fountain. El Paso County plans to use the award to purchase the Wedgewood Farms Preserve bordering Clear Spring Ranch, a 970-acre open space along Fountain Creek between Ray...

  • Grandeur of southern Colorado lakes provide reward for those willing to brave cold, wind

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    At Macey Lakes in mid-June, wind reigns supreme. Perched high in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness 80 miles south of Colorado Springs, this secluded, gusty chain of lakes is a favorite destination of hikers and backcountry campers, offering solitude and ethereal beauty at 11,500 feet....

  • Garden of the Gods ranked best in the US; nearly tops in the world

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    When it comes to parks in the U.S., Garden of the Gods is tops. That's the word from the online travel site TripAdvisor, which recently ranked the park No. 1 in the country, ahead of New York's Central Park (No. 2) and Chicago's Millennium Park (No. 3). The ranking is based on...

  • Hang 'em high: Ready for hammock camping?

    Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    How's it hanging? The question might sound fresh, but for campers who swap their tents for hammocks when bunking in the backcountry, it's hardly untoward. Think of it instead as an invitation to boast about that rarest of camping coups: the full night of rest. Increasingly...

  • Michigan's Lakeshore Trail a dream destination for hikers, backpackers - but beware bugs

    Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Among early mariners of Lake Superior's frigid, storm-prone waters, few places were as feared as Point Au Sable. There, from a picturesque bluff topped by an 19th century lighthouse, a series of sandstone reefs reach out beneath the dark blue surface for up to a mile, poised to rip...

  • Repaired Manitou Incline will remain 'a crazy climb'

    Updated: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The Manitou Incline is getting a face-lift, but don't go expecting a beauty queen. When the $1.6 million transformation begins this fall, a chief goal will be adding enough retaining walls and culverts to slow the water that cascades down and threatens to wash the trail from the...

  • Bear Creek Basin trails to temporarily reopen

    Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Trails in and around Bear Creek Basin will temporarily reopen to most recreational use on Friday morning. Opening to hikers and cyclists are trails 665, 666, 667, 668, 701, 720 and 720A, including Bear Creek Trail and Cap'n Jacks. The trail network was closed to all use after...

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