We love seeing so many folks enjoying outdoor recreation, but we don’t like outdoor wreckreation. With the increased visitation to the outdoors, we’re seeing too many of our beautiful spots damaged here, here, and here. Whether it’s leaving trash on the trail or your poop, we think it’s as good a time as ever to (re)introduce the Leave No Trace Seven Principles for those of you who don’t know them, forgot them, or are just now finding out that there’s something called the “Leave No Trace Principles.” If you want more detail, you can read about them here. What Does...

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Winter adventures are anything but ordinary. Winter brings a fresh perspective to exploring that you just don’t get in summer. Having to take extra precautions is one of the biggest ways that winter adventures differ from summer. There are seven fundamental things we think you should take into consideration before exploring frozen waterfalls and icy trails: The weather and wind chillRecognizing signs of frostbite and hypothermiaFunction over fashionChecking your gearGo with a guideAssess your physical conditionNutrition and hydration 1. Check the Weather and Wind Chill Weather The first thing you should do before going out is to check the weather...

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Colorado State Parks are seeing record numbers of visitors this year because everyone wants to get outside and explore. And we are here for it. What has also come from this surge of State Park visitors is increased congestion, overcrowding, and questionable trail etiquette — especially for Colorado State Parks near Denver. Colorado has 41 diverse State Parks which offer everything from hiking to fishing to horseback riding to spending the weekend in a yurt. We wanted to see what lesser-known Colorado State Parks had to offer so we can practice social distancing as well as discover new places.  In...

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Colorado, aspens, and Fall go together like "pumpkin," "spice," and "latte." When we think of Fall, we imagine golden leaves shining in the sun against a bright blue sky. Colorado is known for its beautiful fall colors. Anyone seeking to snap photos can go anywhere in the high country in mid-September. In addition to the beautiful Colorado fall colors, there is a myriad of fall adventures in Colorado. Here is a list of ten Colorado Fall activities you may not have thought of and should try: Hike A Fourteener Fall is a perfect time to hike Colorado fourteeners because fewer...

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We remember our experiences over things. For example, when did you get the shirt you are wearing right now? How many times have you worn it? Chances are you don’t know because you don’t remember. So, when was the last time you went snowboarding? Where’d you go? Who were you with? You’re probably going to tell a story most people would like to hear. Things, gizmos, and gadgets don’t stick in our memories like experiences do. We’re going to ask, “What did you do over the weekend?” before we ask, “What did you buy over the weekend?” No one cares...

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For those of us who spend some time outside most days of the week, a study like the 2019 Journal of Nature Scientific Reports linking time spent outside to an increased sense of well-being isn’t revelatory. Dozens of studies correlate spending time in nature with greater rates of health and happiness and lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, mental health problems and more. But this most recent report suggests two hours per week as the minimum time a, person needs to spend time in nature to reap these rewards. According to the study, those who spent at least...

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