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Lance Benzel

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  • 'Epic:' Thrills in store for mountain bikers at Wyoming's Curt Gowdy State Park

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    With its granitic boulder playgrounds, lavish meadows and creekside ribbons of smooth, fast, winding singletrack, Curt Gowdy State Park handily earns a spot in the mountain biking firmament. But don't take our word for it - look to the experts. "Epic" is the term the International...

  • B-17 wreckage a haunting hike in Colorado's high country

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    High in the Comanche Peaks Wilderness, the Flowers Trail cuts a stunning path through still-thawing meadows painted with colorful blooms. But along with the beauty comes a tragic back story. On June 13, 1944, an Army Air Forces B-17 flying a training mission out of Rapid City,...

  • Learn about pesky weeds

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    It's a crash course in noxious weeds and a walk in the park, all rolled up into one. The Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space are inviting gardeners, outdoors lovers and amateur ecologists on a guided tour of pesky vegetation at Red Rock. It's scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The...

  • Bikes at Vail Golf Club allowed on green to reach the greens

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    The Vail Golf Club just got a little greener. Riding a wave of enthusiasm for pedal power, the 18-hole public course in the central Colorado resort town is inviting players to hit the links on one of four new "golf bikes" - carbonless alternatives to motorized carts. Boasting...

  • 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...

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