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Hiker traffic on Colorado 14ers fell by 110,000 visits in 2021 after setting a record in 2020

Municipal restrictions, landowner liability issues and construction hindered access to the state’s most popular 14ers in 2021 after record-setting hiker traffic in 2020.

Outdoors

Zornio: Should private citizens be allowed to own or charge for Colorado’s 14ers?

Colorado's legislature can play a unique role in helping to ensure the state’s highest peaks remain open for equitable public access

Opinion Columns

How to plan a hike during wildfire season in Colorado

As fires grow stronger and more frequent, knowing how to avoid a fire and what to do if a fire sparks on the trail is essential, experts say.

Wildfire

Watch where you aim: Urine is hurting Colorado’s high country lakes

Researchers use some human insight -- and some cultural markers -- to find out where all the yuck is coming from in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bottom line: Coloradans are peeing where they shouldn’t.

Outdoors

An overdue Colorado hiker may not have picked up rescuers’ phone calls because he didn’t recognize the number

According to the Lake County rescue team, it made multiple unsuccessful attempts to reach a person reported overdue from a hike on Mount Elbert

Outdoors

When people die in Colorado’s outdoors, sometimes friends are the ones to find them

Colorado search and rescue teams don’t condone civilian-led rescue missions, but in the last year, groups of skilled friends have found their fallen comrades in the backcountry.

Outdoors

How one El Paso County bike crash is changing access to 14ers in rural Colorado

Mount Lindsey in the San Luis Valley is the latest fourteener to shut down in the wake of a court decision that made the Air Force liable for injuries to a cyclist

Outdoors

Body of 24-year-old climber from Colorado recovered from Bolivian peak

Rescue workers said Daniel Granberg died atop the Illimani mountain

Outdoors

20 years of planning saved Rocky Mountain National Park from the worst of the East Troublesome fire. It will take 20 more to fix the damage.

“We’ve been fighting this fire for 20 years,” Rocky Mountain National Park's fire manager says. The work kept two of the largest Colorado wildfires on record from laying waste to the third busiest park in the national system.

Wildfire

Four hikers injured in avalanche on Torreys Peak near Georgetown

The hikers sustained minor injuries and were able to leave the mountain on their own or were evacuated, Undersheriff Bruce Snelling said.

Outdoors

Family, friends mourn after Telluride man dies during hike

29-year-old Patrick Eells told his girlfriend on Sunday he planned to hike and run the Sneffels Highline, and he was considering summiting Mt. Emma

Outdoors

Mount Evans to reopen this summer with timed-entry reservation system

The highway to the summit is scheduled to open for vehicle traffic June 4, depending on weather

Outdoors

Landowners shut down access to three Colorado fourteeners citing liability, impacts

The temporary closure of access to trails climbing private property on Mount Lincoln, Mount Democrat and Mount Bross comes as concerns over liability spike.

Outdoors

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

Get Outdoors Leadville! offers bikes, packs, skis and more to Lake County residents in a national model for increasing diversity in outdoor recreation.

Outdoors

From pets to parks, coronavirus reshaped many Coloradans’ relationship with their surroundings

The isolation that accompanied shutdowns and mandates changed the way we regard lots of things, and some of those changes could endure

Coronavirus

Opinion: Nature deserves better treatment. Let’s be stewards, not users.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado needs the CORE Act. It’s time for the Senate to act.

Opinion Columns

“A feeling of empowerment and freedom”: It’s become common for women to accompany a hiking tale with a shirtless photo

As the captions say, such photos can be frivolous and fun. They also often document some of the most powerful seconds of a woman’s life.

Outdoors

Eager to experience Colorado in a different way, a Boulder woman set life aside to forge a new trail across the state

Starting at the Oklahoma-Kansas-Colorado border and headed toward the state’s northwest corner, India Wood is more than halfway through her expedition. She wanted to see more than just the prettiest, most popular places.

Coloradans

As some venture out despite the coronavirus, a critical question arises: Where to pee?

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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