Nothing should grow here. Late-summer storms hurl hail against the granite slope. The dawn air freezes all but six weeks of the year. There is no sign of soil. But on this lonely ridge, the oldest known tree in the Pikes Peak region, a Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine, has been growing for 2,040 years. It … Continued
EVERGREEN — A Colorado man who shot two bear cubs rummaging in his trash has been charged with illegally discharging a firearm and aggravated cruelty to animals. Fifty-year-old Daniel Williams of Evergreen could get probation or up to 4 1/2 years in prison if convicted of the felony counts announced by prosecutors Thursday along with … Continued
Every year, as summer turns to fall and snow returns to Pikes Peak, a couple dozen resident bighorn sheep trade in their native scree slopes for greener pastures. They descend from the rocky shoulders of the 14,115-foot mountain and head to Dome Rock State Wildlife Area. Apparently, wildlife experts say, they don’t care for the … Continued
It’s no secret that the South Platte River gets crowded in the fall.
As the days grow shorter and the water temperature cools, the fishing becomes better. And with its proximity to Colorado Springs and Denver, the South Platte is a prime target for Front Range anglers looking for trophy trout. However, the same conditions that improve fishing on the South Platte also improve fishing in the rest of the state, especially at stillwater fisheries.
Northern pike are on the move in Spinney and Eleven Mile reservoirs. So if combat fishing makes you claustrophobic, grab an 8 weight and some large streamers, find a shallow cove to wade in or a point to stand on, and enjoy some peace and quiet until your drag starts screaming.
I always wonder why people buy the shoes they wear.
Is it because they provide the right fit or because of their looks?
Feet come in all shapes and sizes, with varying widths, arch heights and amounts of pronation or supination. And each shoe company designs specific shoes for these various foot types. So you should buy the shoe that is best for your foot in function and fit.
I have had several jobs in the running industry, and one was working in a running specialty store. We measured customers with a Brannock Device and videotaped them running on a treadmill. We then would pick two or three pairs of shoes from our stock that had the right function and fit for the customer.
PALISADE – When you think of this little town near Grand Junction, you probably think of peaches, and that’s fine. Palisade peaches are on par with the best in Georgia, which is to say, the best in the world. (The annual old-fashioned Palisade Peach Festival, held in August, attracts more than 20,000 people each year.)
But there’s another fruit that’s gaining fame here: the grape.
Palisade is promoted as the largest concentration of vineyards in Colorado. That cluster along the rolling hills on both sides of the Colorado River represents a tourism bounty that the region is only beginning to harvest.
Here’s how to make the most of it: Rent bicycles ($35 a day at Rapid Creek Cycles & Sports on
Colorado has some of the best budget skiing and snowboarding in the world. You can save money in the upcoming snow season by: + buying a season pass now, + plunking down $20 for a Gems Card, + updating your gear at an annual sale or + registering your kid for the free Passport, Shred … Continued
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking spot inside. A few frustrated tourists have even turned around and left.
The crowds haven’t just been coming to the Grand Canyon, where a sign ahead of the entrance gates warns of limited parking.
The throngs of tourists have been showing up in big numbers at other national parks, including Yellowstone in Wyoming, Yosemite in California and Zion in Utah, driven by good weather, cheap gas and marketing campaigns ahead of next year’s National Park Service centennial.
Labor Day weekend in Colorado marks an official end of summer for some and a preview of the upcoming ski and snowboard season for many. Why do we think about skiing and riding when it’s still 80 degrees in the afternoons? Bargains. If you’re new to snow sports or new to Colorado, pay special attention: … Continued
Colorado is a backpacker’s paradise. From an epic weeks-long journey on the Colorado Trail to a one-night jaunt in Pike National Forest with city lights twinkling in the distance, it’s easy to park, hike a few miles and find yourself lost from the summer crowds.
Here are five classic Colorado backpacking trips. Water is generally available on these trails near camping areas, but should always be filtered or treated. For links to more information on each, visit gazette.com/outthere.
The Four Pass Loop
Perhaps Colorado’s greatest short backpack trip.
The scenic splendor of the Elk Mountains and the Maroon Bells awaits hikers on this arduous but rewarding three- or four-day loop over four high