When I first met her many years ago, Chris Beyer became an instant friend. At the time, I was a new board member of the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon, Chris was already a long-time board member and volunteer at North Cheyenne Cañon Park.  A retired educator, Chris was smart, witty with a wicked …

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As someone who watched the space program progress from Gemini through to the current ISS missions, I remember the days when the nation swelled with pride for our accomplishments in conquering the final frontier. The space program laid the ground work for much of the technology we hardly thi…

Colorado Parks and Wildlife unveiled Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) to much fanfare earlier this summer, a project aimed at providing outdoor recreation trail data throughout the state. COTREX allows users to zoom in on a map to find hiking, cycling, horseback or motorcycle/ATV trails anyw…

Wildflower season in Colorado lasts all summer long, a beautiful thing. As the season progresses, the wildflowers at the lower elevations die off, but their counterparts in higher elevations are just getting started. When completed in late July, this hike to Herman Lake, along the Herman Gul…

In a little less than a month, on August 21st, a total solar eclipse will travel from coast to cast above the United States, the first time the continental U.S. has see an event like this since 1979. The '79 eclipse was only visible in a few states, a totality stretching the from each corner…

At a little under 11,500' in elevation, Hartenstein Lake in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, just a stone's throw east of the Continental Divide, near Buena Vista, Colorado.

Growing up in the Springs' Rockrimmon neighborhood in the 70's, Wendy Kinney and her younger brother Scott Lauther spent the days hiking, exploring and camping in the then undeveloped area south of the US Air Force Academy. At night, the two looked out their bedroom window to gaze at the sta…

Wading through Bear Creek early one recent morning, two aquatic biologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife look for the elusive, threatened greenback cutthroat trout. The goal of CPW biologists Josh Nehring, Cory Noble and a small support contingent, is to capture every mature trout they ca…

I've written previously about hiking opportunities in and around Moab, Utah, a popular destination for cyclists, off-roaders, hikers and also visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Funded entirely with user fees, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), receives virtually no tax money to operate. With fees controlled by the state legislature, CPW has little flexibility to adjust fees to adjust for inflation and demand. Colorado House Bill 1321 proposes to give the CPW Commis…

After a relatively mild winter, Colorado Springs is enjoying a bona fide spring, instead of moving straight from winter into summer. The recent warm weather, coupled with longer days, has more and more of us out on the trails, whether on two wheels, two feet or with four legs. As such, it's …

Phantom Canyon Road is a long, winding, narrow dirt road that connects the town of Victor with the town of Penrose, just east of Cañon City. A former railway, the road carries a treacherous reputation with turns so tight that vehicles over 25-feet aren't allowed on it. In fact, long vehicles…

This is the story of a friend of mine and his recent attempt at a short, three-night backpacking trip in Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. It's a story of how things started off well, went bad, but ended up OK due to experience, preparedness and, most importantly, staying calm. Ron us…

While hiking in Phantom Canyon last weekend, I came across some fresh bear scat, and it struck me that it seemed to be pretty early in the season for bears to be out of hibernation.

Towards the end of last year, I wrote about bringing a dog into our family. Not too long after, we welcomed Coal (a reference to his dark coat and the gray streak on his chest) into our home. As we had hoped, Coal's turned out to be a wonderful companion.

March is a month when people start to get weary of winter. Although our winter here on the Front Range has been fairly mild (so far, anyways), it's still winter. March is "spring break" month with schools taking time off and families traveling. If you're a baseball fan, it's Spring Training …

I'm often asked what my "favorite" trails are, and to be honest, I don't have a single favorite. I may have a favorite trail when I'm wanting a better view, or for when I don't have much time, or want to go a long distance trail. You get the picture. I'm also often asked about my "secret" tr…

Winter is here, and with it, snow.  While there hasn't been much snow in Colorado Springs — we didn't get our first measurable snow fall until after the beginning of December — there's been plenty in the high country, providing opportunities for outdoor recreation — you just have to be willi…

Towards the end of December, it was hard to miss the news reports of the family that was stranded in deep snow on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

It's no secret to city parks users that our city parks are in need of repairs, maintenance and development. After taking huge budget cuts during the last recession, the parks department was forced to stop watering grass and picking up trash, and forced to suspend trail and park maintenance a…

Last month, with broad bi-partisanship support, President Obama signed into law the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. The law comes after a 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) study which showed that the U.S. Forest Service had a $314 million backlog of trail maintenance…

Las Vegas is a city of excess. There’s just too much of everything — too many people, too much traffic, too many buildings and lights. It's just too much.

I’ve had a few dogs in my lifetime. One or two when I was a kid, then some 30 years or so ago my wife gave me a 6 month-old Dalmatian as a Christmas gift. Fido came with us when we moved to Colorado 25 years ago. He lived to about 17 years old, a remarkably old age for that breed. Our simila…

Thanksgiving is now a couple days behind us. Turkey was consumed in mass quantities, and "Black Friday" was spent either standing in long lines waiting for a bargain, or more hopefully, spent outdoors working off Thanksgiving dinner.