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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Colorado resorts enjoy busy ski season


Skiers and snowboarders this season paid 7.1 million visits to Colorado Ski Country USA resorts, coming within half a percentage point of last year's record-setting numbers.

Colorado Ski Country represents...

BLM reviewing land use designations on 680,000 acres in central and eastern Colorado


The Bureau of Land Management is inviting public comments on an extensive review that will determine how the agency manages 680,000 acres of public land in central and eastern Colorado, including much of the...

Rider in residence: Open space deal is 1st step in creating loop around Cheyenne Mountain

By: lance benzel

Cyclists burned by a 2012 decision banning them from the Cheyenne Mountain summit have reason to rally behind a new cause - along with anyone else who's dreamed of exploring the hidden reaches of Colorado Springs'...

Report card: Love for trails on Colorado 14ers comes with a cost


Peak baggers prepare to shell out: The trails you love to climb to 14,000-foot summits will cost $24 million to build or replace.

That's the upshot of a new report by Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, a...

Bicyclist falls victim to angry Colorado Springs driver


As an experienced road cyclist, Max Bennett says he's used to hearing verbal taunts from drivers who believe bikes have no place on the road. Until last week, it was always bluster.

That changed Thursday,...

Gazette travel: Sedona offers plenty of natural beauty and plenty of tourists

By: lance benzel

Dominated by red rock towers, winsome spires and imposing monoliths, Sedona boasts all the beauty of a national park without the pesky entrance fee.

Unfortunately, the secret's been out for a while. Sedona...

Fish for free in Colorado this weekend

By: lance benzel

Anglers are invited to fish without shelling out for a license this weekend courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

During the state's annual Free Fishing Weekend, which falls on Saturday and Sunday, the $9...

Journey to summit of Cheyenne Mountain remains a long trip


High in the upper reaches of Cheyenne Mountain State Park, the efforts are giving shape to Dixon Trail, a long-awaited route to the summit.