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Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway provide great summer recreational trips

By William Woody

Located beneath the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the communities of Telluride, Ouray and Ridgway offer some of the best summer activities in Colorado. TELLURIDE Nicknamed the “festival capital of the southwest,” ...


052211vacGlenwood

A quick getaway awaits in Glenwood Springs

By Dennis Webb

For anyone seeking a shot of adrenaline, the Glenwood Springs area is increasingly offering a fix. Long a rafting mecca, the city a few years ago enhanced the opportunities for thrills and spills on the Colorado River with the installation of ...


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With 42 state parks in Colorado, finding an adventure isn’t difficult

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Colorado has 42 state parks that provide all kinds of outdoor experiences — relaxing by a campfire, skidding across waves in speedboat — and every family can find something to enjoy in Colorado. And more than 11 million visitors ...


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Go wild in Little Book Cliffs

By Bob Silbernagel

More than 33,000 wild horses and burros roam across ranges on federal lands in 10 Western states. But the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area just northeast of Grand Junction is unique in several ...


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Arches National Park is an adventure for all

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Dotted with 2,000 sandstone arches and boasting hiking trails ranging in length from a mere 100 yards to more than 7 miles, Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, offers something for everyone who relishes exploring the outdoors. And with ...


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Canyonlands: A sprawling area of hiking, walking and riding

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Canyonlands National Park is a sprawling landscape of canyons, mesas and buttes, a 527-square-mile playground that encompasses three districts and two rivers. Don’t let its size intimidate you. While portions of the park are among the ...


052211vacRockClimbing

Seek a thrill? Try rock climbing

By Allen Gemaehlich

There are plenty of outdoor activities to try on the Western Slope and in Mesa County from skiing to hiking, biking, rafting and rock climbing. But with rock climbing, it is highly recommended to learn how to rock climb at an indoor rock ...


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McInnis Canyons welcomes all who seek adventure

By Amy Hamilton

Ample wide open spaces and the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is a delight for adventure seekers. Read: If you like the outdoors, you’re going to love this place. The ...


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Mesa County Fair set for July 19-23

By Tammy Gemaehlich

The 124th annual Mesa County Fair, with the theme “Summer Days & Country Ways,” is set for July 19–23 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50. The 2011 Mesa County Fair Open Class books are now available. ...


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With 210,00 acres, this Dinosaur Nat’l Monument has plenty to offer

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The monument, which sits just across the Colorado-Utah border in the Beehive State, encompasses more than 210,000 acres, only a small portion of which is devoted to the namesake creatures that died there eons ago. Man, in fact, has known ...


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