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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 ...


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Seek a thrill? Try rock climbing

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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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It’s all down on Main Street

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Grand Junction’s Main Street isn’t just an address, it’s a destination. Here are some of the highlights and happenings you find downtown. The dust is settling as construction nears completion. Main Street, much of which has ...


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Kickstart it: Plenty of room to ride

By Patrick Bahr

When the dust settles and the smokes clears, it’s easy to see there is plenty for the gearheads in western Colorado. Whether it’s on two wheels or four wheels, there are options for riding. There is plenty of room to ride in the ...


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Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park: ‘A land of contrast and incredible intensity’

By Dave Buchanan

Rocky Mountain National Park, to borrow the phrase of two esteemed naturalists, is “a land of contrast and incredible intensity ... where there is nothing between you and the sky.” Its bony mountains, towering over verdant ...


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Escape the heat, tour a museum

By Tammy Gemaehlich

A convenient way for you and the kids to escape the heat this summer is by touring an area museum. With the exception of the Museum of Western Colorado’s living history site and parts of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, there is ...


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