• Happy Trails: Serious adventure to scenic Colorado Springs dome

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 23, 2018

    Barneys Dome Barneys Dome watches high over Ute Pass, an impossible-to-miss sight driving west from Colorado Springs. The rock formation appears like a throne. And indeed, anyone up for the hearty adventure is granted a seat with awe-inspiring views. But the dome is hardly ventured,...

  • Skiing Colorado: Lake City's little hill that could

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 23, 2018

    Lake City Ski Hill You don't think Lake City when you think winter. The southwest Colorado town found off the breathtaking Silver Thread Scenic Byway is a summer destination, with the surrounding Uncompahgre National Forest a hub of endless adventure. From the remote town, the...

  • The unlikely Colorado Springs trio bound for Denali

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 23, 2018

    The unlikely partnership began in Argentina, somewhere below the 22,841-foot summit of Aconcagua. Colorado Springs firefighter Matthew Chavez was descending when he encountered Matt Gorbett, a young software developer. Gorbett noticed the state emblem on Chavez's pack, asked where he...

  • The didgeridoo education of a Colorado Springs master

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 21, 2018

    John Skrivan doesn't expect you to believe him when he says his instrument transports him, and he doesn't care. He knows the question you might ask: "What drugs did you take?" But you're more than welcome to his Colorado Springs home, where he'll greet you with a hug and show you...

  • Garden of the Gods to ban cars for part of Earth Day

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 21, 2018

    Colorado Springs parks planners have decided to try something at Garden of the Gods that has long intrigued outdoor enthusiasts. Vehicles will not be allowed for five hours starting at 5 a.m. April 22 in what the city is calling a "Motorless Morning" on Earth Day. Hikers and cyclists...

  • With fees on the rise, spend a free day at Colorado's national parks

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    The price to see some of America's most wondrous outdoor places won't skyrocket as initially feared. But fees aren't getting cheaper at the national parks, as suggested last week by the Department of Interior. Most parks will tack an extra $5 onto the price of their passes, Interior...

  • With low snowmelt expectations, southern Colorado rafting outfitters eyeing 'safety blanket'

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    In the months before summer, Mike Kissack's obsession with snowpack takes him to the government website that tracks it. "It's part of my morning routine," says the owner of American Adventure Expeditions, one of several Buena Vista outfitters in Colorado's whitewater rafting...

  • Skiing Colorado: The Durango hill that refuses to fade

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    Hesperus Ski Area The 2016-17 season and the season after were a snapshot of the difficulties Hesperus Ski Area has faced since opening in 1962. Last year, Colorado regulators flagged the area's one chairlift as unfit to run. A year later, Hesperus was forced to close early due to a...

  • Happy Trails: Colorado's Great Sand Dunes

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve All descriptions of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve fall short. It is a true North American wonder, an essential pilgrimage for Coloradans. For Front Range residents, it's a day trip like no other. Enter the San Luis Valley, with an...

  • At Colorado Springs' 'church of misfits,' it's OK to not be OK

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 15, 2018

    The Sanctuary stinks. People slept outside the night before in Colorado Springs' fiercest winter storm, and now they've joined the congregation in the church near Old Colorado City. The morning glow spills through the blinds, through the dank air. The Christian rock music softens as...

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