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Everyone can ride

By Julie Norman

If you’re fairly new to mountain biking, you might be intimidated by some of the trails around our great little valley. Never fear. Trails suitable for even beginning bikers do exist: You just have to know where to find them. When I ...


Tim Sewell remembered as strong, determined cyclist

By Scott Mercier

God’s tears. That’s what I thought to myself on July 5th as a rare summer rain hit my windshield, that God himself was crying. Cycling can be a mixture of blood, sweat and tears. It can involve nearly unimaginable suffering both ...


Vernacular and tactics of cycling important in big races

By Scott Mercier

2012 is a great summer to be a cycling fan: The Tour de France started Saturday, the London Olympic Games follow, and the USA Pro Challenge starts right on our doorstep in Durango on Aug. 20. If you watch any of these events, the dialogue of ...

Five state parks issue Stage II fire bans

By Staff

Stage II fire bans, which prohibit wood or charcoal fires and limit cigarette smoking to inside vehicles or RVs, have been implemented at Crawford, Navajo, Paonia, Ridgway and Sweitzer Lake State Parks. The Stage II fire restrictions earlier ...

Mud Spring CG open, says BLM, but no water yet available

By Dave Buchanan

A lighter-than-normal snowpack has allowed the Bureau of Land Management to open its popular Mud Springs Campground near Glade Park nearly a month earlier than usual. The popular 16-site campground, located approximately 20 miles southwest of ...

Highline Lake opens Friday for boating

By Dave Buchanan

It must be spring: Highline Lake State Park opens Friday to all types of boating. Only the west ramp will open for launching watercraft and for aquatic nuisance species (ANS) inspections, which are required for all boats entering and leaving ...


Springtime to bring work on new single-track trails

By Dave Buchanan

A plan to add about 21 miles of new single-rider track to the 250 or so miles already existing in the North Fruita Desert may see the first trails finished by late April. At least one of the new trails is planned to be ready for the Fruita ...


Popular North Fruita Desert area sees fewer deer, more bikes

By Dave Buchanan

What once was an isolated high-desert area home mostly to mule deer, grazing cattle and the occasional rabbit hunter has become a recreational hot spot for mountain bikers and motorized trail bike users. A persistent swell in recreational use ...


It’s winter? Riding can be a joy, drag

By Scott Mercier

The cold temperatures, poor air quality from the winter inversion and short days can make winter cycling and maintaining fitness very challenging. Normally at this time of year, I find diversions from the bike up in the mountains. But this ...

BLM releases draft resource management plan

By Staff

The Colorado River Valley Field Office for the Bureau of Land Management recently released its draft Resource Management Plan for some 505,000 acres in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Routt and Rio Blanco counties. The area involved does not ...

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