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5 dog-friendly hikes in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale

August 17, 2017 — What's better than a Colorado hike? A Colorado hike with your best friend. These paths allow humans to soak in views while pups play. Go to visitglenwood.com and carbondale.com for more trail info. No pup? No problem. Volunteer as a dog walker at Colorado Animal […]

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On the Fly column: It’s high time for high country fishing

July 4, 2017 — High country fishing is officially on the fly fisher's menu now, which provides some of the most spectacular views and beautiful fish you will find anywhere. Some anglers tire of busy rivers here in the valley during July and August, and hiking up to higher […]

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On the Fly column: Fryingpan River is running low and clear

June 19, 2017 — As the Roaring Fork Valley gears up for another summer, we are all getting excited for the insect hatches to come. The Sunday Farmers' Market in Basalt and Food and Wine in Aspen are back again, as well as itinerant guides settling back in after […]

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On the Fly column: Summer fishing season is nearly upon us

June 13, 2017 — The year's best dry fly fishing is just around the corner. As spring runoff is slowly beginning to subside, our local waters will begin to clear rapidly. As the water warms up, we will begin to see an intensity of hatches. These hatches are what […]

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On the Fly column: Location, location, location applies to fly fishing, too

June 5, 2017 — In the fall a few years back I had the pleasure of meeting Rim Chung while working the counter at a dusty, overfilled fly shop in Denver. We chatted for a few moments while he looked over the walls of the shop's tying department, and […]

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On the Fly column: The spiritual experience of drift boat fishing

May 22, 2017 — It was uttered in the fly shop recently that "things get said in a drift boat that don't get said in a confessional," and we couldn't agree more. This, of course, could be said about any special fishing trip, but a great float just seems […]

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On the Fly column: Prepare for the Mother’s Day caddis hatch

May 8, 2017 — We are now into May, which means warmer temperatures, longer days, wildflowers, and … caddis. This annual event, dubbed the "Mother's Day Hatch," has already begun. Most of you know how intense this hatch can be; for those who do not, you are in for […]

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See Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Ute in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, one of Liftopia’s most scenic green ski and snowboard runs

February 22, 2017 — Want to see one of the 10 most scenic green runs, according to ski industry site Liftopia? Join us for a trip down Ute, the winding 2.5-mile run at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Liftopia is the largest third-party online lift ticket outlet in the world. The Top […]

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On the Fly column: Spring is on the doorstep in the Roaring Fork Valley

February 8, 2017 — Fishing opportunities abound throughout the Roaring Fork Valley this week. A nice extended break in the weather has made it more pleasant to consider hitting the rivers, and water temperatures have been warming slightly. A slight increase like this really heats up the bite, and […]

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BLM set to complete land swap opening bike terrain near Carbondale

February 7, 2017 — A land trade that will put nearly 670 acres into the public's hands, opening up new areas near Carbondale for mountain biking and other recreational activities, is set to be finalized this week. U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials and proponents of the Sutey Ranch […]

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Dog skijoring returns to Frisco Nordic Center with 3 beginner clinics

January 18, 2017 — Think your dog would make a good sled dog? How about a good backcountry ski partner? Now's your chance to combine the two. This January and February, the town of Frisco is offering three introductory skijoring classes in partnership with a certified professional dog trainer, […]

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Bootpacking Highland Bowl: Hard work but rewarding

December 28, 2016 — Here's a job description for you: Eight hours at high altitude in freezing temperatures roped to the side of a nasty-steep slope. Lunch not included. Sound good? Then the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol has a deal for you: Spend 15 days bootpacking Highland Bowl — […]

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On the Fly column: Weight is key for the successful nymph fisherman

December 28, 2016 — Why is it that 10 percent of fly fishers catch 90 percent of the fish? We all know that jerk who seemingly outperforms everyone else, especially when it comes to nymphing. If you've been in the game for any amount of time, you've surely heard […]

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On the Fly column: Prepare for accidents on the river

December 21, 2016 — Besides a merry and bright season this year, I especially want to wish you a safe one. There's a terrific bumper sticker I've been seeing lately, "Safety 3rd," but getting hurt on the water (or anywhere else, for that matter) is no joke. Injury in […]

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On the Fly column: Snow makes for nice fishing

December 14, 2016 — With the nice mix of snow throughout the valley, we are blessed with a variety of activities to choose from. It's always amazing to most visitors that spend much of their time planning the day around mountain activities to conceive of winter fly fishing, but […]

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On the Fly column: Who needs skiing when we’ve got world-class fishing

December 7, 2016 — While I am sure most locals and visitors are dreaming of dropping into their favorite powder stashes and getting out on the hill, the fishing remains excellent all winter. When the snow starts flying many people find it hard to wrap their head around the […]

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On the Fly column: Dress properly and keep fishing

November 30, 2016 — After a slow start to our ski season here in the valley, the temperatures are finally dropping, and the flakes are flying. Not too many people got to ski over Thanksgiving, but many got the opportunity to do a little fly fishing instead. The rivers […]

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Colorado avalanche experts warn of rising risk as winter progresses

November 30, 2016 — Consistent snow appears to have finally hit the region, which is a welcome sight for most, but it can also come with its own set of hazards. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), the state Department of Natural Resource's program providing avalanche information and education, […]

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32nd Vail Nordic ski swap set for Saturday

November 30, 2016 — EAGLE-VAIL — The 32nd annual Vail Nordic ski swap is Saturday, but please don't call Dawes Wilson and ask him what's available. "We don't know what will be there until it's there Friday night," Wilson said. Wilson is 63 years old and fit. He was […]

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Fat-tire bikes not allowed on forest trails during winter

November 23, 2016 — GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The White River National Forest's winter motor vehicle use season began Wednesday and ends May 20. During the winter season, all wheeled vehicles (including bikes) are limited to plowed routes or routes opened through special order. Winter Motor Vehicle Use Maps identify […]

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