• Grand opening set for much-anticipated Jones Park trail reroute

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: 14 hr ago

    An end is in sight for the much-debated, long-awaited reroute of Trail 667 in the beloved area known as Jones Park in the mountains southwest of Colorado Springs. U.S. Forest Service and El Paso County officials have tentatively planned a July 22 "grand opening" of the trail, also...

  • Colorado state parks: Yampa River

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 24, 2017

    Yampa River Description: The park places its headquarters in northern Colorado, in the scenic valley outside Steamboat Springs. But adventure awaits up and down this iconic river's 134-mile stretch from Hayden to Dinosaur National Monument near Utah's border. The length includes 13...

  • On Earth Day and any day, new Woodland Park group acting as forest guardians

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 22, 2017

    WOODLAND PARK - Avid outdoorsman Shawn Nielsen is spending another afternoon to drive his Dodge Ram into the Pike National Forest. He rumbles over the winding dirt paths in search of the enemy. He stops at a remote patch off Rampart Range Road, in the high woods beyond town. He steps...

  • With its fried chicken and mud walls, Juniper Valley Ranch remains timeless in Colorado Springs hills

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    The dream is of the open land, the hills of piñon and juniper, the neighing of horses under the sky blushing in spring's evening glow - and the red mud hut at the center of it all. It has come to Olivia Dickey as she's been away from her country home south of Colorado Springs for the...

  • Best of the Springs Expert Picks - Sports & Recreation

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    ROAM A WILD ESCAPE PALMER PARK 3650 Maizeland Road This vast playground on the north side demonstrates the true greatness of Colorado Springs, where an escape into deep nature is easy. It is strange and marvelous to look out at urban sprawl while perched on some high rock ledge,...

  • Colorado Springs forester: One battle against moth infestation over, another possible

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    In the local fight between man and moth, man is claiming victory -- for the most part. According to Colorado Springs assistant forester Dennis Will, the city's aerial spray attack last summer on pests invading popular recreation areas proved successful, based on survey maps from the...

  • Colorado Springs off-highway vehicle enthusiasts want bigger share of public lands

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 18, 2017

    It's a Sunday morning like any other at North Cheyenne Cañon Park's highest lot, overflowing with hikers and mountain bikers. But the Turners are easy to find. They are the only ones with dirt bikes. "I really like having activities I can do with my kids, and this is one I'll...

  • Pikes Pick: 'S-Town,' the follow-up to 'Serial,' worth a listen

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 18, 2017

    "Serial," the nonfiction narrative podcast from "This American Life" that took over earbuds in 2014, has a follow-up. And it's better. "S-Town" bills itself as a similar true crime tale, but it goes beyond that. The seven episodes center on John B. McLemore, the clock-building liberal...

  • Colorful Colorado: The value of Victor and its timeless beauty

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 18, 2017

    VICTOR - Much has come and gone here, but one thing that remains is the sporting goods store on 3rd Street. Gus Conley is still here, slumped behind the wooden counter surrounded by fishing and hunting trinkets and other nostalgic nicknacks, like lanterns and clocks. Gus, 81, has...

  • Deals await: A glance at 2017-18 Colorado ski passes

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 17, 2017

    With most closed for this season, Colorado's ski areas are ready for the next. So are customers. More promotions will be announced in later months, but here's a look at deals for those ready to dig into their pockets for the 2017-18 season.

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