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Southwest Colorado is home to one of America’s oldest bicycle races. It takes an army to keep the wheels moving.

DURANGO – After finishing her first bike race during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic over the weekend, 4-year-old Lexi Cowan was grinning ear to ear. When asked how long she’s been riding bikes, she said, “10 years, I think.” In a town that boasts one of the oldest bicycle races in America, Durango’s next generation […]

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Colorado man gets 3 years for killing pro bicyclist in crash

DURANGO — A man who caused a crash that killed a professional cyclist in southwest Colorado has been sentenced to three years in prison. Cordell Schneider was convicted in July of vehicular homicide and was sentenced Friday for the March 4, 2020, crash near Marvel that killed Benjamin Sonntag, 39, The Durango Herald reported. Colorado State […]

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Leadville’s gear-lending “library” is tearing down barriers to build a new generation of outdoor adventurers

LEADVILLE — Vanessa Saldivar was 5 when her father hiked her up the bunny slope at Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon. She didn’t have a fancy jacket. She used socks as mittens. Her dad gave her a nudge. And she was hooked.  “All these barriers just broke down in that moment,” said the new executive […]

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Colorado Classic women’s pro cycling race is called off because of coronavirus concerns

This is getting old.  Organizers on Thursday pulled the plug on the Colorado Classic race, set for August. The decision to cancel the fourth running of the four-stage race comes less than six weeks after organizers announced a revised, made-for-TV race model that replaced expos and start-and-finish festivals with virtual events and online streaming of […]

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Front Range kayakers, rafters blast Jefferson County’s extended coronavirus closure of Clear Creek

Jefferson County, like the rest of Colorado, reopened restaurants and loosened restrictions on people’s movement this week. But Clear Creek, one of its most popular draws, will remain closed. Sheriff Jeff Shrader extended a ban on all swimming, tubing and kayaking in the creek that bisects the 580,000-resident county. That troubles the Front Range kayaking […]

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You’re not supposed to travel more than 10 miles for outdoor recreation during Colorado’s safer-at-home phase

Colorado is loosening some restrictions on people’s movement starting this week as the state enters a new phase of its battle against the new coronavirus, but travel for outdoor recreation is one area that’s not being relaxed.  In fact, there may actually be stricter limits in place for people seeking some fresh air.  Gov. Jared […]

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A massive ranch in Trinidad is officially Colorado’s newest state park thanks to innovative partnerships

Jay Cimino remembers the fall day in 2017 when his “Gang of 14” — local politicians and business leaders from Trinidad — piloted Jeeps to the base of Fishers Peak. Amidst the fall colors they made a pledge to buy the land below the craggy castle overlooking their city.  “That day, such a beautiful day, […]

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How nearly $30 million in lottery money has been distributed in effort to connect all Coloradans to a park or trail

Great Outdoors Colorado has distributed close to $30 million for regional trails across the state in the three years since former Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Colorado the Beautiful, his plan to connect every state resident with a park or trail. GOCO’s “Connect Initiative” grants — mostly lottery proceeds distributed through Colorado Parks and Wildlife — […]