Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Find self-enrichment through Colorado's riches in 2015

    Updated: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    If self-improvement is part of your New Year's schemes, rejoice: We live in a place that begs to broaden your horizons and whip you into shape. In the Pikes Peak region, hundreds of trails thread our mountains and our parks. Our peaks cry out to be summited and our forests explored....

  • State Parks 'First Day Hikes': Reflect on the new year in nature

    Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Across most of the country, Jan. 1 is a day of lingering headaches and college football on TV - but you're in Colorado, so why not get out and explore? Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants New Year's Day revelers to get their boots on the ground - and their butts off the couch - by...

  • AdAmAn club set to make traditional New Year's Eve hike

    Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    It's an exclusive New Year's Eve bash on top of the world, but there's just no getting around the dress code. If you want to survive this party, wear two of everything. "I'll probably be about three layers deep," said Mark Copelin of Manitou Springs, who at 54 will be ringing in...

  • Sky Zone, other sites help kids stay on the move

    Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    t's Friday afternoon and 10-year-old Sarah Kaczmarek is bouncing off the walls and getting away with it. She's not alone. At Sky Zone Colorado Springs, a 33,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park that opened in June, stunts that might lead to a stern word and a "timeout" in school...

  • Colorado Springs woman recalls wartime work portrayed in 'The Imitation Game'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    or decades, Barbara Saks of Colorado Springs kept mum over Bletchley Park, the fabled home of the British code breakers credited with shaving years from World War II. But her vow of secrecy didn't apply at the Christmas Day premier of a film that recounts the once top-secret story -...

  • Colorado Springs gets some late Christmas snow, more possible

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    It wasn't quite a white Christmas for Colorado Springs this year, but snow is expected to blanket the Pikes Peak region by mid-day Friday. The National Weather Service forecast 1 to 2 inches of snow in Colorado Springs and slightly higher amounts elsewhere in the county, according to...

  • Two Colorado Springs men wanted in connection with Pueblo robbery

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Two Colorado Springs men are being sought for robbery in a Christmas morning home invasion in Pueblo West that involved at least one gunshot. Pueblo sheriff's investigators say that Rajohn Ledbetter-Fuller, 29, and Donte Tate, 24, were armed when they stormed into a house on East...

  • Colorado Springs holiday meals feed thousands

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Half a ton of ham, 50 gallons of gravy, 15 sheet cakes and 1,000 pies - just reading the list is enough to make you loosen your belt. Volunteers and service groups in the Pikes Peak region cooked up a cornucopia that fed nearly 6,000 people over the two-day holiday period, not to...

  • Hundreds line up to buy award-winning Gazette poster featuring Front Range

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Twenty years after it first turned heads, The Gazette's award-winning, wall-spanning poster of Colorado's major peaks can still draw a crowd. Hundreds of readers turned out Monday for a spot in line outside the newspaper's downtown offices to purchase a limited-edition reprint of...

  • Gazette's popular Front Range poster returns with limited-edition run

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Stash it, fold it or frame it — but by all means, get it while you can. The Gazette’s award-winning poster of Colorado’s Front Range — a 6-foot-by-1-foot scale drawing of “all major geological features west of Interstate 25” — has been reprinted for sale for the first time in two...