• Colorado's state parks: Boyd Lake

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, May 22, 2017

    Boyd Lake Description: Expect to find crowds here, about an hour north of Denver. In the gaze of 14,000-foot mountain Longs Peak, the park is a quick getaway for Front Range residents looking for some playtime on the 1,747-acre body of water, with separate zones for motor boaters and...

  • As Pikes Peak's South Slope evolves, caretaker's task remains the same

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, May 22, 2017

    TELLER COUNTY - On the way to visit the man who lives on Pikes Peak's secluded South Slope, his boss offers a warning. "Beau is a super nice guy. A super, super nice guy. But you know, people don't live up there because they're extroverts. They like the peace and quiet," says Andy...

  • Colorful Colorado: 'On the road to nowhere,' Westcliffe is calling

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WESTCLIFFE - The drive south starts out barren, the empty ribbons of dusty road carving through towns of crumbling buildings and rusting trailer homes, past barbed-wire fences wrapping open land and fields slowly turning green. Soon the landscape warps. Now Colorado 96 climbs into...

  • Pikes Pick: Take time to find "The Lost City of Z" while it's still in theaters

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    I've used this space to rave about David Grann, the nonfiction author who has a knack for finding remarkable, almost-never-told stories. One of his stories, "The Lost City of Z," has made it to the big screen. Charlie Hunnam plays Percy Fawcett, an early 20th-century British explorer...

  • Missing Link, long-awaited Pikes Peak trail, closer to realization

    Seth Boster
    Updated: Tue, May 16, 2017

    A long-dreamed trail contouring a historically closed side of Pikes Peak appears more imminent than ever. By month’s end, the city of Colorado Springs intends to request proposals from companies with machines to build the so-called Missing Link trail. A contractor ideally would...

  • 'How does this even exist?' A hidden Colorado gem with limited exploring

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, May 15, 2017

    LARIMER COUNTY - The gate is just another beside U.S. 287, one of the many guarding ranches throughout this rather bleak landscape. It is the unremarkable entrance to a place that is anything but. "If you kept driving, you'd never know this was here," says Jennifer Herrington,...

  • Colorado state parks: Lone Mesa

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, May 15, 2017

    Lone Mesa Description: The park is a sight to behold, but only for a select few: The general public is barred from visiting the 12,000-acre property due to "inventorying and stewardship of its unique and rare natural resources," according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife brochure....

  • At a small, historic Colorado Springs church, a light still shines

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, May 14, 2017

    Karen Hess looks out to her congregation, larger on this Sunday than it normally is, with almost 20 people in the pews of Chadbourn Community Church. Many of them are strangers, transients whose eyes were caught by the modest structure that has stood for 107 years in its place, tucked...

  • Colorado Springs officials celebrate Legacy Loop's kickoff

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 11, 2017

    A drab, fenced-in lot filled with Colorado Springs Utilities machinery was the site of a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday - an event city leaders hailed as the kickoff to construction that will realize a long-anticipated outdoor recreation opportunity. "Thank you for being here to...

  • Plans stall for new Pikes Peak Summit House

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 11, 2017

    Construction on the new Pikes Peak Summit House won't begin this summer as planned. A U.S. Forest Service-led environmental analysis has yet to becompleted, so project planners now are eyeing the summer of 2018 to get boots on the ground 14,115 feet high. The analysis must make the...

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