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Lance Benzel

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  • 5 hikes for kids within an hour's drive of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Here are five hikes within an hour’s drive of Colorado Springs, as suggested by Troy Parker in “The Best Front Range Hikes for Children.” 1 - Bear Creek Nature Trail: With mostly gentle slopes and great views of the foothills, this 1.1-mile hike is the perfect introduction to hiking....

  • For some, storms prove Flying W mitigation work is holding up

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Storms lashed the Flying W Ranch this month, washing out service roads and dislodging a couple of dozen erosion barriers from a fire-ravaged hillside. But along with those reminders of nature's fury, the weather also brought cause for hope, say those working to revive the...

  • Start early to infuse love of Colorado outdoors

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The weekend's clear, the weather's cooperating and the mountains are calling. As a parent who loves the outdoors, you want nothing more than to be outside with your children, introducing them to the satisfactions of an afternoon hike in solitude or an evening around the campfire,...

  • Movement to make stretch of Arkansas River a national monument passes first hurdle

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    A bill to designate Browns Canyon in Chaffee County as a national monument passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday. The measure, which would protect a 22,000-acre stretch of the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida, was approved by the Senate National Parks...

  • Production of world's lightest camping hammock a family affair for Monument man

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    or Chris Loidolt of Monument, designing what he bills as the world's lightest-production camping hammock was a snap. Getting his product in the hands of consumers is shaping up to be a family affair. Loidolt, 21, launched Hummingbird Hammocks from his family's home, and with the...

  • Colorado Springs man dies while climbing mountain in Peru

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    A former Castle Rock man and recent Colorado College graduate was killed Monday in a climbing accident in Peru while attempting to scale a 19,000-foot peak described by one observer as a "beautiful deathtrap." The victim was identified by the Huarez Telegraph in Peru as Cole Kennedy....

  • '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...