• First symposium of its kind in Colorado Springs celebrates the outdoor industry

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 21, 2017

    Music blasted. Beer was served. A man walked around in hunting attire and another relaxed in a tent that dangled from City Auditorium's ceiling. And the first of what organizers hope to make an annual celebration of Colorado Springs' outdoor recreation was underway. A Thursday...

  • Pikes Peak holds hazards even for advanced skiers

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 21, 2017

    The earliest accounts of skiing on Pikes Peak refer to what became known as "Suicide Hill." Jumping was the game in the 1920s; young thrill-seekers would strap barrel staves to their feet and soar down America's Mountain. The Silver Spruce Ski Club was made up of these types, and...

  • Pikes Pick: Find peace on scenic trails of Blodgett Peak Open Space

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 21, 2017

    I've always been able to find quality alone time on the trails at Blodgett Peak Open Space. And here I go recommending you all disrupt the peace. Follow the out-and-back path to the 9,423-foot peak or enjoy a shorter or longer excursion throughout the forested acres. Parking lot at...

  • Outdoor recreation symposium kicking off in Colorado Springs

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    David Leinweber was sitting around with local stakeholders whose hope had recently been shot down: The Colorado Springs City Council had decided against passing a measure that would have allowed voters to decide on putting some tax money into parks. Leinweber and others in that room...

  • Popular areas along Pikes Peak to be closed longer than expected

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    Forest Service Road 383 will remain closed until after Memorial Day, denying recreationalists access to popular areas behind Pikes Peak including the Crags and the trail to Devils Playground. The U.S. Forest Service does not anticipate reopening the road in Teller County before June,...

  • Pikes Pick: Jaks Brewing Co. has new location, same quality suds

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    Jaks Brewing Co. has a new home in Falcon that's worth visiting. The tasty brews are now served within the budding Meridian Ranch community. The joint has a modern feel, with a marble bar and flat-screen TVs. The quality of the suds is unchanged - a range of hoppy, fruity and caramely....

  • Pikes Picks: A bear-worthy breakfast in Woodland Park; freedom from library fines

    By seth boster and linda navarro The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    When you're as hungry as a bear Once there was a bear named Rufus who couldn't get his fill of pancakes during his visits to town. It's a story maintained at Hungry Bear, the homey breakfast joint in Woodland Park. The pancakes looked scrumptious, but I picked from the "bear...

  • Skier visits up in Colorado, with hope high for spring powder

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    Following a slow start to the season, Colorado's ski industry has seen a bump in business. But heading into the final stretch, areas will need Mother Nature's cooperation if they want to match the record success of 2015-2016, when the state passed 13 million skier visits for the first...

  • Colorado state parks: Cherry Creek

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Mar 20, 2017

    Cherry Creek Description: Denver residents appreciate the quick getaway from the urban hubbub. The park on the southern side of the Mile High City features a simple, mostly multiuse 35-mile trail system, with almost half of it paved and heavily trafficked. The paths span through...

  • Colorful Colorado: The lows and highs of Alma

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 19, 2017

    ALMA - It's tough living here. "Definitely, you've got to be a hearty soul to make it a long time," Mayor Gary Goettelman says. Just ask Erik Mursewick, 41, whose family has been here for decades. He's shoveling the sidewalks outside what used to be Alma's Only Bar, now boarded up...

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