Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • 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...

  • Interested in new trails for Manitou Springs? Time to speak up

    Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Interested in new trails for Manitou Springs? The time to speak up is at hand. On Monday, the city of Manitou Springs launched a 10-month review of the city's parks, trails and open spaces. The review will culminate in an update to the city's parks master plan that will shape...

  • Colorado Springs pastor the conscience of 'Geezer Hockey,' whether he likes it or not

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    He's the conscience of Geezer Hockey, whether he likes it or not. When Stan Lightfoot III hits the ice for adult pickup games, fellow players are prone to watch their p's and q's. It's actually kind of annoying. "There goes my language!" goes one familiar refrain, according to...

  • Wintry month still wreaking havoc on Pikes Peak Highway, Colorado high mountain roads

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened for the season Friday, but icy conditions have restricted its debut. The road will be closed daily at 8 p.m. and opened the next morning only if conditions allow, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said in a news release. Road...

  • Pikes Peak's South Slope reopens to chilly fanfare

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    The South Slope Recreation Area on Pikes Peak is open for the season, but count on a chilly reception if you have early reservations. Visitors to the city-owned chain of lakes, which opened Saturday, report that McReynolds and Mason reservoirs are iced over and that trails are...

  • New Barr Camp caretakers keeping it all in the family

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Catering to weary travelers at Barr Camp soon will be a family affair, courtesy of the first brother-and-sister team of caretakers in the camp's history. "It's so ironic," said Ashley Miller, half of the sibling duo. "I kept telling people all I want to do is make pancakes and have...

  • Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Colorado Springs bug museum to be featured

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tucked away in the plains east of Colorado Springs, Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of the world's "fantastical places" - a one-of-a-kind attraction whose whimsical, colored hoodoos have lured awestruck humans for thousands of years. That's the verdict of - an...

  • Rain-damaged Red Rock Canyon could present new problems for Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Near-record rainfall this month exposed a potential legal thicket at Red Rock Canyon Open Space that could force emergency action, including trail reroutes, which would add to Colorado Springs' multimillion-dollar repair tab, officials say. An earthen retention pond in the western...

  • List: Updated trail closures in the Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The following trail closures remain in effect in Colorado Springs, as of late Tuesday: - The Midland Trail between 26th Street and Ridge Road - All of Red Rock Canyon Open Space, due to the extensive damage caused by recent rains and a dam breach within Sand Canyon. - Section 16...

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