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Seth Boster

News Reporter

Seth joined The Gazette in May 2016 after working at The Star in Anniston, Ala.

The Challenge Hill in Castle Rock's Philip S. Miller Park is no Manitou Incline. Locals love it nonetheless.
Gray Back Peak, the notch to the left of the rocky face, is seen from the trail off Old Stage Road.
Visitors hike along the ridge of a sand dune as the sun begins to set Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, near Alamosa, Colo. The huge sand dunes are North America's tallest. See Gazette.com for a photo gallery. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

3. Climb the towers at this castle

Located near Rye, Colorado, Bishop Castle is the largest one-man construction project in the country. Jim Bishop has been building this magnificent structure by hand for years. It's free to visit, but donations are accepted.

Waunita Hot Springs Ranch's 35-foot-by-90-foot pool is often reserved for private parties staying at the ranch by the Gunnison National Forest. Day soakers should call ahead for availability. Photo credit: Waunita Hot Springs Ranch
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Mandy Horvath gets hugs from her mother and father, Lisa and Clay Horvath, after being the first double amputee to climb Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mandy started her climb on Sunday afternoon. Mandy had her legs amputated after a train accident. Horvath's family came from Smithville, Missouri, to greet her at the summit on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Cano's Castle (Google Maps)
Colorado Paint Mines Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
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The Blue Mesa Reservoir

Found in the Curecanti Natural Recreation Area, the Blue Mesa Reservoir is one of the most stunning lakes in Colorado. Unfortunately, the water during the winter is either too cold or frozen to get into, though the view is still great. If you're passing through the Montrose area, you can plan your route to see this majestic reservoir from the seat of your car.

The 20,500-acre Colorado National Monument is just minutes from downtown Fruita and sees an average of 275,000 visitors a year. The Rim Rock Drive stretches 23 miles through the park and offer breathtaking views of the park's rock sulptures, canyons and mountains. Photo by Christian Murdock/The Gazette