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Check out one of Western Slope’s big sporting events

By Allen Gemaehlich

The Grand Junction Rockies have added another layer to the summertime fun to be had while watching or participating in the various sporting events on the Western Slope. The Colorado Rockies Rookie-affiliate team will play 38 home games during ...


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Get high on alpine views while on a backcountry four-wheel tour

By Dave Buchanan

You could traverse the scenic Alpine Loop connecting Ouray, Lake City and Silverton the way the miners did a century ago. But who has a mule when you really need one? Instead of fighting a smart but notoriously stubborn four-legged beast, ...


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Durango beer (and biking and hiking) is a big hit

By Paul Shockley

When I’m in Durango, I drink. Period. I’ve done just about everything else there is to do there, and it’s all fine, please understand. Here’s how I look at it: While any number of western Colorado getaways will offer ...


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Unhurried, but with plenty to do, wander Paonia

By Rachel Sauer

Sure, you can head over to Paonia and get ambitious. There are mountains to climb and woods to explore, and the pristine beauty of the North Fork Valley certainly leads the feet in those directions. But here’s another thought: Stop by ...


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Enjoy mountain melodies of Aspen Music Festival

By Dennis Webb

The spring melt-out of Aspen’s world-renowned ski runs isn’t entirely bad news for residents of this resort town. After all, it means the start of the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School is just around the corner, ...


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Sheepdog trials, Range Call pack Meeker with festival atmosphere

By Emily Shockley

Meeker is known as the western “gateway” to the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway, but there’s no reason not to stop for a day in this town, particularly when there is professional sheepherding or a rodeo to be seen. You can see ...


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Fruita’s singletrack attraction growing

By Nick Walter

In the mid 1990s, there was one mountain biking mecca: Moab, Utah. That’s when a group of Fruita mountain biking enthusiasts, including Troy Rarick, former owner of Over the Edge Sports mountain bike shop in Fruita, had an idea: What ...


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Hike down and look up at Black Canyon from banks of Gunnison River

By Matthew Berger

Going from overlook to overlook along South Rim Road, a descent down Black Canyon to the Gunnison River — in places, almost two Empire State Buildings below — can seem a ridiculous proposition. But according to that twist of logic ...


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McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area delights adventure seekers

By Amy Hamilton

Relax. Unwind. Discover a new trail or plan a weekend float trip. The wide open spaces and the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area are a delight for adventure seekers. The 123,000-acre ...


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Fall for Rifle Falls State Parks’ offerings

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Rifle Falls State Park is one of the easiest natural waterfalls to access in Colorado. Three falls cascade 70-feet into a large pool making a dramatic backdrop for picnics, group gatherings and other family activities. The mist and ...


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