Explore the Rugged Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado

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Canyons of the Ancients is in the four corners region of southwestern Colorado. Rugged and breathtaking, Canyons of the Ancients is a national monument that dates back to 300-1300 AD. The monument covers 176,000 acres of land, which contain cliff dwellings, kivas--underground square rooms used for religious rituals--rock art, and more.

Guide to Hiking to Hanging Lake in Colorado

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The stunning Hanging LakeTrailsin Glenwood Springs, Colorado, might just become your new favorite hiking grounds. Before you start lacing up your boots, check out our brief overview of important information for hiking to Hanging Lake, Colorado.

Driving to Hanging Lake 

Getting there can be a bit tricky if you don't know the area well. If you need assistance with directions, contact park management and someone will help you find your way.

Low-cost seedling trees available for landowners

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Low-cost seedling trees and shrubs from the Colorado State Forest Service--South East Area are now available for order, as part of the 2019 Trees for Conservation seedling tree program. The program aids landowners impacted by recent fires, to obtain seedlings at a minimal cost to replace damaged or lost trees. The seedlings can also be used for conservation and land rehabilitation purposes.

Free admission to Colorado parks for veterans Sunday

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife will honor all veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military, military reserve and National Guard on Veterans Day, November 11, with free admission to any of Colorado's 41 state parks.

It's CPW's way of saying "thank you" by giving our veterans and active-duty military a chance to unwind and enjoy the wildlife and wild spaces across the state.

Independence Pass closes for the season

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Significant snowfall and adverse conditions drive decision to close

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews will keep the Aspen and Twin Lakes winter gates closed for the season.  Crews have recorded over a foot of snow that fell along the pass from the storm last weekend. Crews also met with Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) forecasters to discuss concerns with Avalanche mitigation. Typically, Independence Pass is closed by November 7.

Discover the Best Horseback Riding in Colorado

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Our list of Colorado's best horseback riding opportunities is sure to inspire your next adventure. Discover horseback riding in Estes Park, Colorado, and more here.

There are so many places to go horseback riding in Colorado and experience the beauty of nature. From sleighrides in the wintertime to summer trots through the meadows, there's no better time than now to start planning your next adventure. Not sure where to start your search? Get inspired by our list of the best horseback riding sites in Colorado.

Horseback Riding in Estes Park, CO, and Other Locations

Colorado Parks halts fishing in the 'toilet bowl' as scheduled maintenance begins

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The City of Aspen has scheduled annual maintenance of the hydroelectric plant on the dam at Ruedi Reservoir which began Monday. During the approximately 10-day effort, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will implement a voluntary fishing closure in the 'toilet bowl,' a popular fishing hole located on the Fryingpan River at the base of the dam's outlet.

Ranger Station: important tips for enjoying winter camping in Colorado

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For most, the camping season ends on Labor Day when even the chance of cool weather sends them hibernating in motels until spring.

But I love fall, when the temperatures drop, the leaves turn color and the crowds at most state parks diminish. This is the perfect combination for some cold-weather camping.

It's a thing whether you are in an RV, camper, tent or yurt. And it can be a great experience. But it requires thinking ahead to ensure you have fun and stay safe. Here are a few tips.