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Trails: Hiking the Mt Esther Trail

Where to Find It: Chipita Park, Ute Pass west of Colorado Springs Distance: About 3.5 miles one way from the trailhead to Crystal Creek Reservoir Difficulty: Difficult Peak Elevation: 9,505 feet Know Before...

Now Is the Right Time for Art on the Streets

Colorful murals and detailed sculptures have been cropping up all over downtown since May. As part of the Downtown Partnership's annual Art on the Streets exhibit, art from around...

Colorado Ski Pass Deals and Pandemic Guarantees

What will the ski season look like this year? Will there even be a ski season? As with everything during the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty rules. What we do know...

What’s Up on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex?

It has been two years since the cranes and construction crews moved in at the summit of Pikes Peak to build a new, state-of-the-art Summit Complex. And this summer,...

How to Play on Pikes Peak This Summer

No matter where you look in Colorado Springs, there’s Pikes Peak, sending out its reassuring welcome to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. This summer is definitely not...

Where to (Safely) Celebrate the Fourth of July

(Small) backyard barbecues, red, white and blue, plus a COVID-19 mask too. The coronavirus has altered Fourth of July plans and festivities—along with everything else—but there are still plenty...

Your PPLD Library Card Has Superpowers

If your idea of the public library is the antiquated knowledge repository of yore, then you probably haven’t been paying attention. But all the COVID-19-induced isolation at home has...

Summer Day Camp Is Open in Colorado Springs

Summer’s here, and kids are clamoring to get their adventures started. Now they have something to cheer about. Even though COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in summer plans, many...

Trail Maintenance in the Summer of COVID-19

I had been in Colorado Springs no more than two months when I found myself in the Garden of the Gods parking lot on a chilly fall morning. There...

Sustainable Outdoor Gear to Get Excited About

Outdoor Retailer’s annual Summer Market usually fills the Colorado Convention Center in Denver with every sort of gadget, gear and good imaginable for the outdoors. But like so much...
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