Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • New Incline, same crowd on re-opening day

    Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The first crowd up Incline 2.0 looked a whole lot like the old crowd. The day's top finishers turned out to be a sweat-drenched who's who of Manitou Incline fiends, from 12-time Pikes Peak Marathon champion Matt Carpenter of Manitou Springs to Roger Austin and Jill Suarez, a Colorado...

  • The new Manitou Incline: By the numbers

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    The Manitou Incline reopens Friday after a three-month makeover. Here's a look, in numbers, at the project: $1.6 million: Budget for four-month overhaul 2,741: Steps on the Incline (before project) ?: Steps on the Incline (after project) 6,574: Starting elevation, in feet...

  • John Fielder photo slideshow celebrating 50 years of wilderness

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Nature photographer John Fielder plans to invite visitors to his upcoming slideshow in Colorado Springs on a vivid tour of the state's wildest places. Just don't be surprised if there's a jog into the wilderness of political division. "We've got 40 wilderness bills that are...

  • Admission for a day of family fun on southern Colorado railway: a donated toy

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    All aboard for the North Pole. There's a wintry new stop this year on southern Colorado's Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway, and the price of admission is a toy for the needy. On Sunday, families who bring donations for the Toys for Tots campaign - one donation per adult...

  • Manitou Incline set to open this week

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Let the punishment begin. The Manitou Incline - that brutal climb we love in spite of ourselves - is set to reopen at 10 a.m. Friday after a three-month overhaul. "It will be big," Colorado Springs spokeswoman Krithika Prashant promised of the trail's return. The city intends to...

  • Old Colorado City offers walk through time with 20th annual Holiday Tour

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Old Colorado City is perhaps best known for its charming cafes and inviting, brick-lined storefronts. But for the neighborhood's most ardent fans, it's the ghosts of history that give the place life. Reviving and celebrating those "ghosts" is the aim of the 20th annual Holiday Tour...

  • Colorado Springs City Council moves to give Jones Park to county

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    A 1,200-acre swath of Pikes Peak forestland known as Jones Park is on a course to be donated to El Paso County's park system. The Colorado Springs City Council on Monday tamped down fears of a potential sale of the historic property by agreeing to draft a resolution stating the land...

  • Several more Colorado ski areas are open

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    After a relatively sluggish start to the season, skiers and snowboarders are preparing to hit the slopes at a half-dozen new resorts this weekend. Among the areas ringing in a new season - and adding to the variety of terrain available to snow sports enthusiasts - are Vail Mountain...

  • Want a Pikes Peak Christmas tree? Permits to go on sale

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Planning on cutting down your Christmas tree in the forest? Tree-cutting permits for the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak District will be available starting Dec. 1, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday in a news release. Permits are $10 at the Pikes Peak Ranger District office, 601...

  • Colorado Springs group seeks top-notch look for Pikes Peak summit house

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    As plans inch along to replace Pikes Peak's oft- maligned Summit House, a citizens' group with deep roots in public service says it wants to make sure that whatever gets built in its place can boast about more than its doughnuts. "This is a once-in-a-generation chance," said Marcy...