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Outdoors

  • Staunton offers variety of programs in August

    Staunton State Park is known for its beautiful views, rock climbing and scenic hikes, but park organizers are offering free programs in August for visitors to explore lesser-known parts of Colorado’s newest state park.

    “There’s so much more in the park than people realize,” said Annie Thran, seasonal park ranger. “We have amazing rocks, waterfalls, fishing ponds; it’s just an amazing park.”

  • High temps dangerous for dogs on hikes

    Two dogs have died and eight more with heat-stroke symptoms have been evacuated so far this summer in Jefferson County Open Space parks.

    In most of the cases, county officials found out about the dogs when owners called the non-emergency Jeffco sheriff’s dispatch number to ask for help, said Mary Ann Bonnell, the visitor services supervisor who also oversees the county's park ranger program. Jeffco officials do not release names of dead or injured pets or their owners.

  • Arvada site appears to be favorite for shooting range

    A site in Arvada appears to be the leading contender for a county-owned public shooting range.

    A working group organized by Jeffco Parks and Open Space has narrowed the search to five locations, including the site in Arvada, which is currently leased by Pioneer Sand and Gravel as a quarry.

    Tom Hoby, director of Parks and Open Space, said the working group tried to find property that was within a 30-minute drive of a major county intersection. 

  • Downhill marathon will traverse Jeffco

    Close to 1,000 people have registered to run the first Revel Rockies half-marathon/marathon on Aug. 17 — a downhill course from Squaw Pass Road east past Red Rocks to Bandimere Speedway.

    Downhill courses are growing in popularity as runners realize they can log “personal best” race times and enjoy great scenery along the way, said Anna Ryan, race director. Revel Rockies also is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, Ryan said. It currently costs $104.99 to register for the Revel Rockies marathon and $84.99 for the half-marathon.

  • Downhill marathon will traverse Jeffco

     Close to 1,000 people have registered to run the first Revel Rockies half-marathon/marathon on Aug. 17 — a downhill course from Squaw Pass Road east past Red Rocks to Bandimere Speedway.

    Downhill courses are growing in popularity as runners realize they can log “personal best” race times and enjoy great scenery along the way, said Anna Ryan, race director. Revel Rockies also is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, Ryan said. It currently costs $104.99 to register for the Revel Rockies marathon and $84.99 for the half-marathon.

  • Bike to Work Day rolls smoothly

    The pressure just wasn’t enough for Jani Flaig. One of the tires on her bicycle was starting to get low. 

    Luckily for her, more than a few people were available to offer assistance along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail on June 25. 

    Thousands of people across the metro area eschewed their cars in favor of bicycles last Wednesday on Colorado’s Bike to Work Day. The event, organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, encourages commuters to forsake their typical trip to work and try biking to the office. 

  • Chatfield expansion wins final approval

    The Army Corps of Engineers has given final approval to a controversial expansion of Chatfield Reservoir to help meet a growing need for water along the Front Range. 

    The chosen option for expanding Chatfield, labeled “Alternative 3,” will raise the water levels by a maximum of 12 feet and increase the maximum storage by 20,600 acre-feet. Some 587 acres of Chatfield State Park, Colorado’s most popular, will be flooded in peak storage years to provide more water for urban and agricultural users.

  • Plan to move prairie dogs falls through

    A plan to move prairie dogs from two pieces of Foothills Park and Recreation District land to another Foothills property has been formally rejected, angering animal activists. 

    Foothills’ Board of Directors voted May 27 against a plan by local activists to move 120 prairie dogs from two properties on the northeast and northwest corners of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue to another open-space parcel managed by Foothills. 

  • Staunton turns 1

    For its one-year birthday celebration last weekend, Staunton State Park was transformed into a ranch from the early 1900s, about the time when Frances and Archibald Staunton called the place home.

    Visitors were treated to a rare look back at life during the Staunton Ranch days. Park volunteers performed demonstrations and gave presentations on building cabins, cooking on an open fire, and forging metal like a blacksmith.

    “People have enjoyed it and seemed to be having a good time,” said Ben Rideout, a Staunton volunteer.

  • Celebrating Staunton

    Staunton State Park will celebrate its first birthday this weekend, and park organizers are making sure the park is getting a fitting birthday bash.

    “We are all so excited to be celebrating the one-year anniversary of Staunton State Park,” said park manager Jennifer Anderson. “I just have the feeling that year two will be even busier, with more and more people hearing about the park.”