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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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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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