Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

Lance Benzel reports on outdoor recreation along with feature stories - occasionally dipping into hard news. Benzel is a former courts reporter at The Gazette.

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Windows to the past: Explore Colorado's numerous storied ghost towns


For a chance to strike it rich in gold and silver, Colorado's early prospectors grew fixed on taming its wildest canyons, where they carved rail corridors into mountains and constructed stage roads that lured eager...

Southern Colorado cliffs become hot rock climbing destination


Shelf Road Climbing Area, north of CaƱon City - Long before dusty touring vans and sticker-laden Subarus swarmed these pitted limestone cliffs, the Shelf Road climbing area was ground zero in a hidden war.


Bogus 911 calls made before officers attacked, say Colorado Springs police

By: lance benzel

A drunken man who claimed he had been assaulted in downtown Colorado Springs on Thursday night ended up attacking two police officers who arrived to investigate, police say.

Marquin Allen Dillard was...

Colorado Springs stabbing victim keeps mum on attack

By: lance benzel

A 42-year-old man who was stabbed three times in the abdomen in east Colorado Springs on late Thursday refused to tell police how it happened.

"You got a victim and witnesses who aren't being cooperative and...

Colorado outdoors site relaunched with fresh look, new features

By: lance benzel, The Gazette's online guide to the Great Outdoors, is stepping out with a fresh look, new features and a broader focus.

The rebranded website relaunched Thursday afternoon with a new...

Golfer halts fundraiser atop Colorado 14ers amid criticism

By: Lance Benzel

A Highlands Ranch golf enthusiast is reaching for a mulligan after critics lambasted his plans for a children's charity fundraiser that involved him whacking a golf ball from every fourteener summit in...

Forest Service releases outline of possible changes to Colorado Springs trail


The U.S. Forest Service has released a long-awaited document outlining trail changes in Bear Creek west of Colorado Springs.

A 25-page proposed decision, available at, marks the latest...

Bear encounters shut down campground near Aspen

By: Lance Benzel

Crater Lake, a popular backcountry campground on the heavily traveled Four-Pass Loop near Aspen, will be closed for the rest of the year because of bear activity.

Wildlife officers this week will attempt to...