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Outdoors

  • Wildlife watch: The scourge of mange and the mighty mites

    By Christie Greene
    For the Courier

  • Roxborough visitors travel back in time

    Sunshine bounced off the rock formations at Roxborough Park on Saturday, illuminating bits of history for those celebrating the fifth annual International Archaeology Day at the state park.

    In combination with regular park visitors, a large crowd — too large for the available parking — filled the park, and cars wrapped around the entrance waiting to get in.

  • Jeffco Open Space eyes land purchase — in Clear Creek County

    The Jeffco Open Space staff is working on a land acquisition many involved think could be unprecedented for the county.

    Last month, Open Space Director Tom Hoby met with the county commissioners to present his agency’s second-quarter update. The meeting included highlights of eight projects Hoby wants the commission to approve, the most interesting of which is a potential land deal across the county line in Clear Creek.

  • At Red Rocks, striking poses

    Looking out over Red Rocks Amphitheatre early Saturday morning, the rows were filled with a dazzling rainbow of bright colors — pinks, blues, greens, yellows, purples and reds. The colors were as diverse as the participants who wore them — men and women; children and seniors; novices and experts; families and groups of friends.

  • Meet A Ranger: John Queen

    Name: John Queen, also known as Jeffco Open Space's “Ranger No. 5”

    Originally from: Beaumont, Texas

    Stationed at: White Ranch Open Space Park

    How long have you been a ranger?

    “Five years.”

    What’s one thing you do as a ranger that people would be surprised by?

    “Swift-water rescue.”

    What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at a park?

  • Open Space unveils possible upgrades at Mount Falcon

    Jeffco Open Space’s proposed renovations at Mount Falcon’s west trailhead include more centralized amenities around the main parking lot area.

    At an open house Thursday night at the Indian Hills Community Center, Open Space representatives said the trailhead’s current challenges include the lower parking lot, which requires visitors to walk up the road to the trailhead; a kiosk that is not centrally located; an outdated restroom; and excessive after-hours use.

  • Volunteers work on new trail segment at Matthews/Winters Park

    "If not me, who? If not now, when?”

    This adage often is a motivator for those called to action, whether that’s something as monumental as military service or as simple as trail-building.

    On Saturday, at least, it was the latter for about 90 volunteers who participated in a National Trails Day event at Jeffco Open Space’s Matthews/Winters Park.

  • Youth volunteers restore eroded trail at Chatfield State Park

    A heavily eroded section of trail near the Audubon Center, a bird sanctuary and educational center at Chatfield State Park, now has a smooth path for hikers thanks to the efforts of high school students in the Cairn Youth Program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

    South Jeffco resident Davis Bonner, a senior at Heritage High School, and others in the program worked April 23 to restore the trail, which had been washed out by rain.
    “Our job was to shovel crusher fine along the trail,” Bonner said.

  • Walking in the park with Jean

    If you visit South Valley, Deer Creek Canyon or Hildebrand park on any given morning, you just might see Jean Viste hiking along a trail. 

    For nearly 17 years the Ken Caryl resident has been walking trails in South Valley, Deer Creek Canyon and other area parks while serving as a volunteer for Jeffco Open Space. She has helped hikers locate their cars, closed trails where the presence of bears and mountain lions presented danger, and administered first-aid to the injured.

  • Lower Waterton Canyon closed during the week to repair diversion structure

    The lower portion of Waterton Canyon, including the main entrance and parking lot, is closed Monday through Saturday until May 15 while crews repair the High Line Canal diversion structure in the South Platte River. The canyon is fully open to recreation on Sundays during the project, according to information from Denver Water.