Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • 5 hiking trails near Colorado Springs where you can escape big crowds

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    The Pikes Peak region is blessed with its share of singletrack chestnuts - trails that never get old, no matter how many times we tread them. But there's no reason to get stuck in a rut. Any day now the rain will relent. When it does, The Gazette proposes five lesser-traveled Front...

  • Storms damage to Colorado Springs trails estimated at nearly $3 million

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Storms that battered Colorado Springs this month delivered the city's parks department its heftiest repair bill in memory, topping the ruinous floods of September 2013. Parks officials tallied $2.8 million in damage to 19 locations along the Interstate 25 corridor, including trail...

  • It's back! Popular Front Range poster available again

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Five months after drawing a crowd with a limited-edition run, a new printing of The Gazette's award-winning poster featuring Colorado's Front Range soon will be for sale again. Five thousand copies of the approximately 6-foot-by-1-foot illustration will be available starting Monday...

  • For Colorado hot springs maven, it's all about the soak

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Call it a collective case of sour grapes, but Deborah Frazier is accustomed to getting guff about her job. She's the hot springs maven - the lady who tests the waters for the rest of us, as spiritually demanding as that sounds. "I constantly take ragging for it," said the former...

  • San Juan Mountain Range: Three adventures in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Camp at Little Lake Molas: Named the “Most Scenic Campground in Colorado” by AAA, the 137 beautiful acres are accessed via the Million Dollar Highway outside of Silverton, where the air is thin. Need more persuading? Two words should do the trick: Hot showers. More info:

  • San Juan Mountain Range: Two scenic drives in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Trail of the Ancients: Cutting through the desert landscape of southwestern Colorado, this 116-mile stretch of road near the Four Corners area takes visitors past the former home of ancestral Puebloans, Mesa Verde National Park, Howenweep National Monument and Ute Mountain Tribal Park....

  • San Juan Mountain Range: Two fairs/rodeos in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Montezuma County Fair: Head to Cortez for one of the more varied fairs around, held July 25-Aug. 1. Mud volleyball, lawnmower races and man vs. horse tug-of-war are among the draws, not to mention contests to find the best bubble blowers and jalapeno eaters. More info:...

  • San Juan Mountain Range: Sporting event in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Hardrock 100: Kicking off in Silverton at 6 a.m. July 10, this annual exercise in pain and self-discipline packs an astounding 67,984 feet of total elevation change in its 100-mile course — enough to break a mountain goat. Be humbled by those capable of finishing this test of...

  • Southern Front Range: Two scenic drives in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Pikes Peak Highway: Not for the faint of heart, this 19-mile route takes motorists high into the clouds. Explore the North Slope Recreation Area, historic Glen Cove Inn and the Summit House. Don’t forget to save time for the view from the summit. More info: Gold Belt...

  • Southern Front Range: Two fairs/rodeos in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    El Paso County Fair: Animal shows, exhibits, a petting zoo and deep-fried goodies are among the attractions at this down-home fair in Calhan, held July 18-25. There’s plenty of muscle, too, including a truck and tractor pull and demolition derby. More info:...

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