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We usually avoid ribbon cuttings - mostly because of a bad childhood experience with a pair of jumbo scissors. But when the event opens a new 3,828-acre playground for hikers, bikers, and climbers, we’re willing to make an exception.
This weekend (May 18-19), the state will drop the ropes at Staunton State Park, a swath of once-private land just southwest of Evergreen. The grand opening celebration will take two days, and will include music, guided nature hikes, children’s activities, and more.
Sometimes taking a hike means more than stretching your legs and enjoying the local scenery – sometimes what you really need is to get away. For those of you seeking a change of scenery, let us suggest some of Colorado’s less-visited (but totally spectacular) hiking destinations.
The Paint Mines
Everyone likes the hiking photos you keep posting to Facebook. Really – we do. But maybe… just maybe… it’s time to add some photos with a little something different in them? Something other than trees and the hindparts of mule deer?
We’re only certain of two things - life is better outside, and beer tastes better from a can. And if its anywhere near as fun as it was last year, we’re pretty sure the second annual Lyons Outdoor Games will be the best way to kick off a summer of sun and suds.
The festival is scheduled for May 31-June 2 in Lyons’ Bohn Park, where tent camping is virtually limitless and completely free. That means it’s easy to (responsibly) indulge at Saturday’s Oskar Blues Burning Can - a beer party that brings together 35 craft breweries to celebrate aluminum-encased booze.
We’re experiencing an identity crisis. Not the Bootprints team, mind you – the state we live and play in is having a hard time making up her mind about just what time of year it is.
But mother nature’s mood swings won’t have much bearing on the CB3P, a sort of mountain town triathlon race coming to Crested Butte Sunday, April 28.
We love to volunteer - and not just because it gives us something to lord over snooty Cheryl from the co-op board. Building or maintaining our region’s best trails brings like-minded people together in the great outdoors. And that’s exactly what we’re all about.
The Colorado Trail
The 576-mile Colorado Trail is easily the state’s greatest hiking adventure. But not everyone has the blister tolerance or the vacation time to make the full trek from Denver to Durango.
The Colorado Trail Foundation’s Volunteer Trail Crews offer the everyman a taste of the trail, and offer a healthy dose of fresh-air and hard (physical) work to the office-bound.
Weeklong trail crews cost $60 to join, weekend crews just $30. This includes group food and other amenities, and goes to benefit the trail. A schedule of projects is available online.
Unfortunately, you won’t be the only one on the trail this weekend. So we’re starting Trailhead Tips: a semi-regular feature of lesser-visited hiking destinations on and near Colorado’s Front Range.
We’ll kick things off with the Betasso Preserve: A Boulder County Parks & Open Space project that provides a rare opportunity for crowd-free hiking just a few minutes from downtown Boulder.
How do we know you want to try a mud run? We don’t. But we’ve been in a couple, and they’re awesome. So we decided to give the reluctant among you an extra reason to try out one of Colorado’s May mud runs by scoring you some exclusive discounts.
May 11 – Rugged Maniac 5k
Not every mud run is reserved for hardcore enduro-athletes. The Rugged Maniac 5k uses obstacles (and quantities of mud) similar to those seen in longer races, but spaces them over a manageable 3.2-mile course.
We know some of you love to run. We also know others won’t up the pace beyond a brisk powerwalk unless you are being chased. It hasn’t been easy, but we think we’ve finally found a race that will get all of you moving.
The April 26 Vampire 5k in Denver is designed to bring the thrill of the chase back into running. The race pits vampires against mortals, so participants are engaged not just in a competition for the fastest time, but in a battle for their precious bodily fluids.