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E-bike rules for BLM, Forest Service trails both thrill and rile backcountry users

Their bikes — made by internationally dominant brands Specialized and Giant — look like high-end mountain bikes. Except the bikes pedaled by Dimitri Moursellas and his wife, Audre Engleman, take them to places they never could go on traditional bikes.  With electric power that kicks in when they pedal, the pair of Vail septuagenarians every […]

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“Bigger than a trail”: Grand Valley’s Palisade Plunge set to open after 10 years of planning, partnerships

PALISADE — “This next stretch, this is where the exposure becomes, um, moreso,” Scott Winans says. The dozen-plus mountain bikers lean over their handlebars and scan the cliff next to the narrow singletrack. A few nervous chuckles evaporate in the gusting wind.  For the next hour, the riders mutter “moreso” to each other as they […]

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

By Amanda Hancock, The Gazette COLORADO SPRINGS — Lauren Robison had been waiting for the right moment. In awe of the views near the end of a hike through Black Canyon in Gunnison, she thought, “Yup, this is the one.” It helped, too, that no one else was around. Robison planted her feet among some […]

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Coronavirus is forcing a whole new social contract on Colorado’s city sidewalks and suburban open space

Gov. Jared Polis’ instructions about when to wear a mask upon leaving home were pretty all-encompassing: “At all times,” he said.  And Coloradans mostly have accepted that the governor meant we should wear masks to the grocery store, the pharmacy, to pick up dinner or while zipping through Home Depot. (Whether people do it is […]

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The Palisade Plunge (and its 6,000-foot descent) will be one of Colorado’s crown jewels

GRAND JUNCTION — Perched on basalt boulders at the end of a path freshly carved through a jungle of scrub oak, Scott Winans is as close as ever to a 10-year goal that promises to highlight the recreational assets of his Grand Valley home turf.   “It’s been a lot of work to get here. A […]

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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 — […]

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Pitkin County approves segment of Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail with promise of decades more scrutiny

ASPEN — Pitkin County’s commissioners on Wednesday narrowly approved a portion of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail, touting the intensive two-year process as a model for trail development in Colorado. But keep the bikes in the garage. The board’s 3-2 vote moves the trail forward a mere pedal stroke. The trail-approving resolution doesn’t actually […]