Durango & Silverton railroad will pay feds $20 million for 416 fire damage, stop using coal to power summer trains
The tourist train also has reached a settlement with businesses and landowners who reported losses in the 2018 fire that burned 54,000 acres
Can skijoring, one of Colorado’s favorite extreme sports, go mainstream?
Skiers are pulled by cowboys in a Wild West spectacle in mountain towns across the state.
These young adults are shredding, pedaling and climbing. Oh, and fighting cancer.
Thousands of young adults fighting life-threatening illnesses have paddled, surfed and climbed through First Descents programs in the past 20 years
Federal government, Colorado and mining company reach $90 million settlement in Gold King mine spill
The proposed settlement announced Friday would direct $90 million to cleanup at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwest Colorado
Mining company agrees to pay Colorado $1.6 million in Gold King Mine spill settlement
When bulkheads were installed in the American Tunnel, the amount of heavy metal laden water from the higher up Gold King Mine began to increase, according to a federal investigation.
As people are increasingly drawn outdoors, the risk of wildfires is rising
A study of fires in the San Juan National Forest showed that people don’t start the majority of southwest Colorado’s wildfires, but those they do ignite are near roads and hiking trails
“Glorified homelessness”: Even tiny Silverton is experiencing the housing crisis that’s crushing mountain workers
Colorado’s housing shortage is exacerbated in remote Silverton, where there are no suburbs to commute from and little space to expand.
Gold King Mine owner sues federal government over 2015 spill
Todd Hennis claims the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has occupied part of his property near the Gold King Mine but hasn't compensated him for doing so
Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns
Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.
How divided is Silverton? Just ask one of the town’s six administrators who came and went in the past seven years.
The touchy mood among hardy high-altitude souls hemmed in by towering mountain swirls around how — or if — the small-town economy should change.
Colorado plans to ramp up messaging after avalanches kill three experienced skiers in two days
How to reach experienced backcountry travelers is an age-old debate. Veterans can grow complacent, especially in areas where they ski often.
Bodies of two backcountry skiers found in avalanche debris near Silverton
The skiers -- 55-year-old Albert Perry and 51-year-old Dr. Jeff Paffendorf -- were reported overdue and later found dead in an area known as "the Battleship," which is southeast of Ophir Pass
Purgatory and Silverton Mountain float interest in Silverton’s community ski hill
Two southwest Colorado ski area operators are interested in working with the Town of Silverton to grow the remote community’s Kendall Mountain ski area into a year-round amenity
EPA settles lawsuit with Utah over Gold King Mine spill
Utah’s lawsuit was one of several legal claims filed over the incident, but no other settlements have been reached, the EPA said Wednesday
Many hoped the Gold King Mine spill would bring change. Five years later, they’re still waiting.
A congressional fix for abandoned mines remains elusive and clean up around Silverton has moved at a “snail’s pace.” Experts say the disaster shed light on problems, but didn’t drive change like they thought it would.
“Locals only” coronavirus closures of Colorado public land may not be legal. But mountain communities say it’s needed for safety.
Colorado's mountain towns say it's not about banning outsiders. But "if you have yet to realize we are in unprecedented times, then you are either not paying attention or are a denier," San Juan County's sheriff says.
Hardrock 100 ultrarun canceled by avalanche debris, high-water risk
The ultramarathon, traversing 13 high-mountain passes, is the second major event to be canceled this year
Southern Colorado is learning a tough lesson: Too much snow is a headache for the summer economy
Trail openings around Silverton are delayed for weeks and one big trail run is cancelled. But operators are making up for lost revenue with avalanche tours.
Showers, catered meals, wine lists: Colorado’s newest backcountry ski huts are following Euro and Canadian model
This year’s avalanches and epic snow limited access to Red Mountain Pass huts during the season’s busiest month
Colorado’s first avalanche death of 2019 came during an advanced avalanche-safety course on Red Mountain Pass
Peter Marshall, a 40-year-old from Longmont, was on a three-day avalanche class when he was buried by an avalanche and killed