• 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...

  • Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Tuesday, June 19

    Carlotta Olson
    Updated: Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    Here's a look at what's going on Tuesday in the Colorado Springs area:      FESTIVALS Through Aug. 12: Colorado Shakespeare Festival — The nation’s second-oldest Shakespeare festival, Boulder; denver.org....

  • A beast in Garden of the Gods, a T. rex discovery, a Rockies connection and other Colorado dinosaur facts

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

  • This Colorado hot spring was frequented by U.S. presidents

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

    Indian Hot Springs, Idaho Springs Indian Hot 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....

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting June 18, 2018

    By Carlotta Olson carlotta.olson@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Jun 18, 2018

    Cycling SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Demo Days - Bike Demos, equipment exhibitors and more, Base Village, Snowmass Village; snowmassdemodays.com. Hiking ONGOING Mueller State Park - 21045 Colorado 67, Divide. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 687-2366. - Mash-Up Hike, 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Outlook...

  • Lessons from Colorado's ultimate dinosaur graveyard

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

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

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    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...

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

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

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

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    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...

  • Happy Trails: Gray Back Peak a wild escape from Colorado Springs

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Gray Back Peak While it's becoming more difficult to find solitude in Colorado Springs' parks and open spaces, the trails off Old Stage Road are still waiting to be widely discovered. And while many paths stretching into Pike National Forest tend to be rugged and hard to follow, the...

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