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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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See sweeping views on Palisade Rim Trail hike

By Melinda Mawdsley

Want to go on a hike but don’t have the time or energy for an all-day trek on a remote trail? If so, the Palisade Rim Trail could be your answer. Accessed off U.S. Highway 6 just before the road joins Interstate 70 east of Palisade, the ...


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See Colorado National Monument via the professionals

By Melinda Mawdsley

Colorado National Monument is among the most popular destinations in western Colorado for its ample recreational opportunities, but there is more to this attraction than meets the untrained eye. Those wanting to learn about the people, places ...


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Biking White Rim Trail is exhilaratingly tough and worth every minute

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Contrasts and adventure await those who mountain bike the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah. Just two hours from Grand Junction, riders can leisurely meander the length of the trail’s more than 80 miles, ...


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Grand Mesa provides colorful mixture of outdoor adventures

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The place to get away, when you can’t get away, is Grand Mesa. Just a weekend, a day or more among the sparkling aspens, clean water and fresh air will be enough to revive even the most tired soul. IN A DAY: A simple drive atop Grand ...


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Dinosaur Diamond makes fossils easy to find

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Don’t be fooled by the rocky, sometimes forbidding landscape. Western Colorado is anything but barren. In fact, the surrounding landscape has been at the bottom of a shallow sea, and its lands were trod by dinosaurs and woolly ...


Discover a golf course with good views and reviews

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Golfers can find some memorable moments in and near the Grand Valley, even if they haven’t time to play a full 18 holes — and, of course, if they do. To begin, a golfer who wants to warm up but hasn’t time to actually play ...


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Get to know western Colorado’s rivers via fly-fishing float trip

By Dave Buchanan

Sitting in a dory on a river full of fish, watching the scenery and waving a stick, to paraphrase angling author John Gierach. Life is good, you know? The Grand Valley may not have a great trout river to call its own, but it’s close ...


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Hike and gape at Utah’s looming Fisher Towers

By Rachel Sauer

Oh, there’s a logical, scientific explanation, all right: varying amounts of hematite. That’s why the rocks are the colors they are. But really, there’s no word for the color. It’s not red, exactly, nor is it purple. ...


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Tour Colorado’s national parks, monuments

By Staff

Colorado has four national parks and five monuments. Visit them all in a clockwise route: ■ Rocky Mountain National Park — Trail Ridge Road, Longs Peak, 300 miles of hiking are some of what can be found in this 415-square mile ...


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