• Garden of the Gods to ban cars for part of Earth Day

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

    Colorado Springs parks planners have decided to try something at Garden of the Gods that has long intrigued outdoor enthusiasts. Vehicles will not be allowed for five hours starting at 5 a.m. April 22 in what the city is calling a "Motorless Morning" on Earth Day. Hikers and cyclists...

  • With fees on the rise, spend a free day at Colorado's national parks

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    The price to see some of America's most wondrous outdoor places won't skyrocket as initially feared. But fees aren't getting cheaper at the national parks, as suggested last week by the Department of Interior. Most parks will tack an extra $5 onto the price of their passes, Interior...

  • Camping reservation system begins for Conundrum Hot Springs

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    ASPEN — The U.S. Forest Service is launching a reservation system for overnight camping at a popular hot springs site south of Aspen. The Aspen Times reports camping permits at Conundrum Hot Springs for mid-April to the end of July will become available to reserve online...

  • If the Boston Marathon is too easy for you, try these crazy runs

    By Naureen S. Malik Bloomberg -
    Published: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    For runners, one of the more storied - and feared - stretches is Heartbreak Hill, 20 miles into the Boston Marathon. The 90-foot elevation gain over one-third of a mile would be a painful climb in any marathon, but here it's compounded because it occurs at the distance where many...

  • Mouse found in Colorado, Wyoming remains on protected list

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    DENVER — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a long-tailed mouse found only in Colorado and Wyoming will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. The agency on Monday rejected a petition filed by homebuilders and ranchers who argued the Preble's meadow jumping mouse...

  • With low snowmelt expectations, southern Colorado rafting outfitters eyeing 'safety blanket'

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    In the months before summer, Mike Kissack's obsession with snowpack takes him to the government website that tracks it. "It's part of my morning routine," says the owner of American Adventure Expeditions, one of several Buena Vista outfitters in Colorado's whitewater rafting...

  • Pikeview Quarry's history of rockslides raises doubts about bike park proposal

    BY RACHEL RILEY rachel.riley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    The warning came over a dump truck operator's radio as he and another man were working in the Pikeview Quarry pit: "Get out of there." In what witnesses say sounded like a jetliner and looked like cake batter being poured into a pan, 2 million tons of limestone came crashing down...

  • Skiing Colorado: The Durango hill that refuses to fade

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    Hesperus Ski Area The 2016-17 season and the season after were a snapshot of the difficulties Hesperus Ski Area has faced since opening in 1962. Last year, Colorado regulators flagged the area's one chairlift as unfit to run. A year later, Hesperus was forced to close early due to a...

  • Happy Trails: Colorado's Great Sand Dunes

    By seth boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve All descriptions of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve fall short. It is a true North American wonder, an essential pilgrimage for Coloradans. For Front Range residents, it's a day trip like no other. Enter the San Luis Valley, with an...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting April 16, 2018

    By Carlotta Olson carlotta.olson@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    Climbing ONGOING UpaDowna Climb Nights - 6-8 p.m., second Tuesday, CityRock, 21 N. Nevada Ave., free. Registration: upadowna.org/programs. Cycling ONGOING Pizzeria Rustica Cycling Club - 2 p.m. second Sundays, Pizzeria Rustica, 2527 W. Colorado Ave.; pizzeriarustica.com....

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