• Pikes Pick: Dawes album will be soundtrack of summer

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Fri, Jun 22, 2018

    Methinks the new Dawes album will be the soundtrack of the summer. "Passwords" is the Americana band's next record since 2016's "We're All Gonna Die," which isn't nearly as gloomy as the title suggests. On the contrary, Dawes revels in feel-better music. The songs have a way of making...

  • Colorado Springs' hidden flower haven has a deep family history

    By SETH BOSTER seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jun 20, 2018

    Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect Dutch Heritage Garden's original annual sales to King Soopers was $800,000 and that Van Wingerden's eldest son is 10. One day in 1994, Arie Van Wingerden was driving with his wife through the plains far east of Colorado Springs,...

  • Lessons from Colorado's ultimate dinosaur graveyard

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 19, 2018

    Jensen, Utah - The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway climbs north, high to epic overlooks of a forested basin, before it tumbles back to the desert that typifies far western Colorado. The road skirts Rangely, the town born by oil, and then Dinosaur, holding on by its namesake, with...

  • 5 facts about dinosaurs in Colorado: From a beast in Garden of the Gods to a T. rex discovery

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 19, 2018

    While Dinosaur National Monument is perhaps the West's most striking hub of prehistoric remains, you don't have to go as far as state lines to appreciate Colorado's first dominant inhabitants. Near La Junta, walk with fossilized footsteps during the U.S. Forest Service's Picket Wire...

  • Hot springs in Colorado: This Colorado hot spring was frequented by U.S. presidents

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 18, 2018

    Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs is rooted in a history that goes deeper than the mining days that made the surrounding town famous. Before the gold rush, the Ute and Arapahoe tribes were divided by a creek that those people knew fed the waters of the Great Spirit. The hot...

  • Colorful Colorado: State's oldest shoe store endures life's changes

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 18, 2018

    GRAND JUNCTION - Bruce Benge ruffles through the clutter of the shoe store's back room, determined to find the picture. "There's a lot of cleaning that has to happen," he says, "but it hasn't happened yet." So he continues through stacks of old documents, boxes of long-used...

  • Happy Trails: Chief Mountain boasts 14er-style views

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Jun 18, 2018

    Chief Mountain, Arapaho National Forest We accompanied noted mountaineer John Kirk for the short but steep trek up Chief Mountain. He's climbed every peak in Colorado above 12,000 feet, so you can trust his assessment of this mountain between Idaho Springs and Evergreen: "One of the...

  • Happy Trails: Blackmer Trail a quintessential loop at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 17, 2018

    Blackmer Loop, Cheyenne Mountain State Park The Blackmer Trail is one of Cheyenne Mountain State Park's premier loops, as it showcases a rare "transition zone," where foothill shrublands meet the montane forest ecosystem. High-altitude cravings won't be satiated, but anyone seeking a...

  • Happy Trails: Columbine Trail a perfect tour of North Cheyenne Cañon's beauty

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 17, 2018

    Columbine Trail, North Cheyenne Cañon North Cheyenne Cañon Park has higher destinations, such as Mount Muscoco. That's one of the wilder escapes, along with St. Mary's Falls. But the Columbine Trail, spanning the mouth of the canyon to the upper reaches, might be the best way to...

  • Hot springs in Colorado: Private soaking and more at Waunita Ranch

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 16, 2018

    The pool is 35 feet wide and 90 feet long - big compared with Colorado's other squares constructed and fed by geothermal waters. But the soaking is often reserved for the private parties staying at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch, the vacation getaway 10 miles west of the Continental Divide...

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