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  • Rocky Mountain National Park proposes fee increase

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    FORT COLLINS — Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public feedback on a proposal to increase the cost of entrance passes and camping fees. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports ( ) the park wants to add a $20 single-day pass to its existing options of...

  • Fremont County is prime turf for dinosaur remains

    Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    A rare morning rainstorm that swept through Cañon City last Thursday turned the normally dusty hills around the dinosaur "gold mine" at Marsh Quarry into a soggy mess. It put a damper on a rededication ceremony for the Bureau of Land Management's recently expanded Garden Park...

  • Ski season set to launch Friday in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Colorado's ski season begins Friday - at Arapahoe Basin. The high-altitude ski area west of Denver made its announcement Wednesday afternoon - meaning it will edge out Loveland Ski Area, the other front-runner in the annual race to open. "Conditions have been outstanding for...

  • Colorado Springs church set to show off city's largest musical instrument

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    It's the king of instruments - powerful enough to shake venerable walls. And thanks to a six-year restoration project estimated at $425,000, the Reuter pipe organ at First United Methodist Church in downtown Colorado Springs is firing on all cylinders and reaching deep into its...

  • Rampart Range Road open to public through December for first time since 2012

    Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Rampart Range Road is temporarily open to the public - with conditions. The U.S. Forest Service announced the reopening Friday afternoon, while urging users to be cautious of burned trees and other dangers. "If you choose to go into the Waldo Canyon area, expect a changed condition,"...

  • Colorado ski resorts race to open first

    Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    "The Kiwis are coming." At Loveland Ski Area, those words are an unlikely rallying cry. To the operators of Arapahoe Basin, they mean war. Every fall, Colorado's ski areas become locked in a battle to open first, and no one's claimed more victories than Loveland and A-Basin - the...

  • Rider in Residence: Bike Clinic is about more than fixing bicycles

    Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    "The reward for a good deed is to have done it." Among the handwritten slogans decorating the walls at The Bike Clinic in downtown Colorado Springs, this one sums it up best. Laugh it off if you wish, but here, in this gritty, graffiti-
laden bicycle boneyard, the well-worn phrase...

  • Anglers rejoice over teeming reservoirs on Pikes Peak's south slope

    Updated: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Along the wooded banks of Mason Reservoir on Pikes Peak's once-forbidden South Slope, lifelong anglers on Saturday yipped, shouted and cried out like children over teeming, fin-rippled water. One after another, they watched their quarry - brightly colored cutthroat trout and...

  • 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...