Removing one word — “willful” — from the liability law will help ensure Coloradans can continue to enjoy access to outdoor wonders.
Todd Fahnestock initially figured his trek with his son would inspire fiction
Todd Fahnestock figured his five-week trek with his son would inspire fiction, but the author shifted gears to produce “Ordinary Magic,” an intensely personal account from the Colorado Trail.
“Fat, Black and Gettin It”: The unexpected influence of Colorado’s outdoor TikTok star Nelson Holland
The Aurora transplant is earning million of likes by showing that Colorado trails aren’t just for the wealthy, white, musclebound bros
Colorado’s pioneering content creator Ryan Van Duzer finds success guiding the world to outdoor adventure
Ryan Van Duzer is a YouTube star on mission to inspire people to “get off the couch and get out there.” More than 165,000 people subscribe.
Opinion: If a person can own land, a person can own a mountain
I was somewhat distressed to read Trish Zornio’s opinion piece in which she seemed to be fit to be tied that — God forbid — a private entity could actually own a mountain, and even more to her dismay, that they could decide, as any private land owner has the right, to deny people to […]
Colorado’s outdoors offers a kind of therapy. But it’s not a magic pill.
Spring, a time when the bluebirds sing — maybe on your shoulder — and the sun cracks the worst of winter’s cold and the air smells like life, can be a time of darkness for Kylie Bearse. Spring means muddy trails and slushy slopes, a time when both hiking and skiing are difficult and, quite […]
Hiker traffic on Colorado 14ers fell by 110,000 visits in 2021 after setting a record in 2020
After a record-setting year for Colorado’s highest peaks at the height of the pandemic, traffic on the state’s 14ers dropped in 2021, falling by more than 110,000 user days. The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, using remote-sensor counters on 23 trails around the state, counted about 303,000 hikers scaling the state’s 54 14,000-foot peaks in 2021, down […]
Zornio: Should private citizens be allowed to own or charge for Colorado’s 14ers?
For many Coloradans, summiting the state’s tallest peaks is a rite of passage. From the unparalleled beauty of the Rocky Mountains, to a deep sense of adventure after a long day at altitude, enjoying Colorado’s rugged wild spaces is part of who we are. But what many outdoor recreators — and even longtime residents — […]
How to plan a hike during wildfire season in Colorado
The forecast called for blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70s — a “perfect day for hiking,” some would say — when the Plumtaw fire sparked last month north of Pagosa Springs. Conditions were also pretty good for a fast-moving fire to rush through the heavy forest toward a popular trail that guides backpackers, […]
Watch where you aim: Urine is hurting Colorado’s high country lakes
Call it the Starbucks Effect. When Colorado scientists wanted to figure out how much humans are directly contributing to the long-standing nitrogen pollution problems in our high mountain lakes, they needed a new tracing method. For decades, researchers have calculated the environmental damage done by nitrogen that rises from Front Range smokestacks, and from human […]