Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Rocky Mountain National Park and the West: Two scenic drives in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Trail Ridge Road: Those heading into Rocky Mountain National Park are well-advised to check out the 48-mile drive that spans the mountains between Grand Lake and Estes Park, cresting at 12,183 feet. It’s not uncommon to see deer, elk, mountain goats, marmots and even moose or bear....

  • Rocky Mountain National Park and the West: Two fairs/rodeos in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    North Park Never Summer Rodeo: Cowboys from across the West come to vie for big cash payouts at this event in Walden, held June 27-28. When you’ve had your fill of bucking broncs and busted mutton, head into town for a historical parade, BBQ and Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry. More info:...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park and the West: Sporting event in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials: Come for part or all of the competition, scheduled for Sept. 9-12. Or consider a trip June 7 to see the inaugural Meeker Classic Cattledog Trial, a similar exercise in cooperation, affection and respect between dog and handler. More info:...

  • Northern Front Range: Three adventures in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Kayak at Confluence Park: These rapids in the heart of downtown Denver are located where Cherry Creek meets the South Platte River. There are a handful of features that have been created specifically for boaters. It’s a great way to learn the sport — and enjoy the towering skyline....

  • Northern Front Range: Two scenic drives in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Cache le Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway: Head to Fort Collins to enjoy a tour of the rugged Cache la Poudre River Canyon by way of a route once used by early settlers. Towering canyon walls, dense forests and sun-dappled meadows predominate. More info: tinyurl.com/nl57zbp Lariat Loop...

  • Northern Front Range: Two fairs/rodeos in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Jefferson County Fair: Billed as “the county fair with an urban flair,” this celebration in Golden on Aug. 7-9 boasts the raw materials for an excellent day of fun, including the Four Corners Regional Chili Cookoff. Want to feel like royalty? Register to vie for queen or princess of...

  • Northern Front Range: Sporting event in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Denver Broncos training camp: The Dove Valley headquarters in Englewood reopens to fans this summer after a $30 million-plus overhaul. Check out the new digs while glimpsing next season’s lineup when camp opens in late July. Get up close and personal with quarterback Peyton Manning and...

  • Eastern Plains: Scenic drive in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    South Platte River Trail: At 19 miles, this memorable drive through Julesburg near the Wyoming border is the shortest of Colorado’s 23 scenic and historic byways, but it’s packed with significance for amateur historians, following a route once traveled by the Pony Express.

  • Eastern Plains: Fair/rodeo in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Sand and Sage Roundup: Celebrate the 114th anniversary of the Sand and Sage Roundup in Lamar on Aug. 8-9. With a parade, kids day and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, it’s fun for the entire family. Be sure to wear pink on Saturday for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink show....

  • Eastern Plains: Family destination in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Old Town Museum Complex: Artifacts from the turn of the century at this six-acre complex in Burlington include the Kit Carson County Carousel. Manufactured in 1905 for Elitch Gardens in Denver, this carousel and an accompanying band organ were sold to Kit Carson County in 1928 for...

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