Editor’s top 5 web picks: Colorado’s Maroon Bells, camping with kids, Country Jam & more
1. See photos from Country Jam, which hosted thousands of people at Country Jam Ranch in Mack, Colo., last weekend.
2. Learn about hiking in Colorado’s popular Maroon Bells area outside of Aspen.
According to Todd Parker of the U.S. Forest Service, “The Maroon Bells Scenic Area is growing ever more popular as a place to see and experience your National Forest. A steady stream of people visits the Bells each day and this requires that we all raise the standard in how we enjoy our public lands together. This is where the Forest Service owes a debt to its most important partner — our visitor.”
3. Learn about Over the Edge Sport’s new South Lake Tahoe location.
“Sam and Brie Hyslop saw potential in South Lake Tahoe for an over-the-edge mountain biking experience when they set up shop on Tamarack Avenue and Ski Run Boulevard,” reported Jack Barnwell. “Their shop, Tahoe Over the Edge Sports, marks the fifth store to open. The other four are in Fruita, Col., Sedona, Ariz., Hurricane, Utah, and Melrose, South Australia.”
4. Learn about George Clooney’s stop in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
According to Jessica Cabe, “The actor passed through Glenwood Springs on a motorcycle trip with a couple of his friends, and [Mollie] Harte met him at The Pullman at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday” of last week.
5. Learn about Colorado moms’ camping tips, including what to pack.
“There’s been a lot of chatter about the benefits of unstructured playtime outside for kids, away from screens, homework and school activities,” reported Caramie Schnell. “For parents who spend the majority of their time strapped to a chair and a computer during the week, unplugged time is just as essential. A weekend spent camping in the outdoors might be in order.”
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