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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Controversial trail in Ute Pass clears major hurdle


Plans to close a 5-mile gap in the Ute Pass Regional Trail passed a key hurdle Wednesday, with the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board voting 5-0 to support the county's proposed trail corridor along Chipita Park...

Rider in residence: Colorado Springs Utilities fights back in debate over public access to trails

By: Lance Benzel

Did your humble scribe err by rolling with a politician's demand that Colorado Springs Utilities "get with the program" and raise its gate at Moraine Lake?

Utilities sure thinks so.

In an emailed...

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. to lecture in Colorado Springs

By: lance benzel

Chuck D, author, speaker and legendary frontman for the pioneering rap group Public Enemy, will give a free lecture on the history of hip hop at Colorado College on Friday.

The talk, focusing on how the...

Urban arts promise to 'shake it up' at Fine Arts Center


Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, free for FAC members, students from Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and children 12 and under....

Fight over historic trail near Colorado Springs at an impasse

By: lance benzel

The fight over Ute Pass Regional Trail has entered a new offensive.

Foes of a proposed trail planned for the historic corridor west of Manitou Springs threw up a hurdle last month, convincing the El Paso...

Map: Aspens of Pikes Peak approaching peak color


Aspens on Pikes Peak are shining brighter by the day, making today an excellent time for your family hike or drive.

But will local fall color be at an absolute peak?

That's for you to discover.


Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness a hidden treasure for outdoor enthusiasts

By: Lance Benzel

Near Sheridan, Wyo. - Crowned by granite half domes overlooking a gently rolling landscape of trickling creeks and glacier-carved lakes, Cloud Peak Wilderness handily earns its nickname: The Yosemite of the Rocky...

10 scenic drives to check out Colorado's gold rush of aspens

By: Lance Benzel

Here are a few suggestions for areas to explore to see golden aspen leaves in Colorado:

Pikes Peak region

- If a long road trip is out of the question, stay local and enjoy the drive up Old Stage Road...