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Recent Stories in Recreation

Sleigh riding a lasting tradition in Grand County

December 4, 2018 — When the sun is peeking over the mountain tops and snow coats the ground, the stables at Devil's Thumb Ranch are full of the sounds of stomping hooves, jingling tack and excitement as two or three of the ranch's Percherons prepare to pull a sleigh

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Catching ‘the big one’ — in winter, too: A guide to ice fishing in Grand County

December 4, 2018 — While most people come to Grand County to ski or snowmobile, we have a large contingent of people also coming here to ice fish. If you're up here skiing or riding and want to take a break and try ice fishing, it's very easy to

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Unique territory contributes to Grand County’s vast snowmobiling industry

December 4, 2018 — If there were one word to associate with snowmobiling it would be adventure. Whether it's riding up to the top of the Continental Divide or exploring the Arapaho National Forest, snowmobiling allows riders to really explore Grand County. While there are plenty of ways to

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Photography in winter: How to capture that winning image

December 4, 2018 — Capturing the majesty  of a Rocky Mountain morning on camera during winter presents unique challenges, but those hurdles can be overcome with a little expert knowledge and some proper preparation. John Williams, owner of John F Williams Photography, a photography service and fine art photography

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Grand County boasts sections of certified Gold Medal waters

June 25, 2018 — From the depths of Grand Lake to the Fraser Canyon to the reservoirs of western Middle Park, Grand County abounds with prime fishing territory, but it is two long stretches of the Colorado River, between Granby and State Bridge, that hold the unique distinction of

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Force of nature: Exploring the nine miles of fierce Colorado River rapids that make up The Gore

June 25, 2018 — In the dark shadows of rock walls carved by the mighty Colorado River at the western end of Grand County there lies a stretch of river that exists as a place somewhere between legend and reality. An overwhelming sound of fierce rapids lapping against each

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Fee free camping has its costs

August 31, 2017 — There is no such thing as a free lunch, so the saying goes, and likewise no such thing as free camping; something visitors and recreators in Middle Park would do well to remember. Grand County is a camping mecca with abundant options for all experience

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Preserve your passion with ethical angling

July 27, 2017 — Grand County has some of the best fishing in the nation and now one new local entity, Ethical Angler, is working to ensure Middle Park stays lucky for generations to come. The rivers and streams of Grand County teem with brookies, brown and rainbow trout

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On top of the world: At Rocky Mountain National Park

July 18, 2017 — Drive just passed Grand Lake in Grand County and you're at the doorstep of 415 square miles of vast, unadulterated natural beauty. Welcome to Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park's acres encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road, which crests

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Relax in natural hot springs

July 18, 2017 — Thirty-five thousand feet below the surface of the earth, the heat of volcanic rock is released through countless fissures that spread out through the earth's crust. In Hot Sulphur Springs, there are seven natural springs flowing above the largest fissure that have been flowing constantly

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Camping hacks

July 18, 2017 — Pitch your tent entrance facing into the wind to discourage mosquitoes from congregating. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor. Point a headlamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and

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Boating and swimming hacks

July 18, 2017 —   Rub liquid soap on the front of your boat (most especially your console and windshield) before heading out for easy bug removal. Place a wet towel under your cooler to keep it from sliding around on the deck. Use white vinegar to combat mold

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On and in the water: Whitewater rafting in Grand County

July 18, 2017 — June is high water season for many rivers in Colorado. With the great whitewater recreation this water brings there are some reminders to staying safe: don't get in over your head (literally), and know where to look for information. The U.S. Geology Survey (USGS) Water

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Summer fishing opportunities abound in Middle Park area

July 18, 2017 — Our summer season seems to start with Memorial day weekend. The fishing is generally good to awesome. The rivers are generally high but if they are clear it is a great time to throw minnow imitating baits like streamers or crank baits. Look for the

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Calling all fly fishers: Granby opens untouched section of fishing beats

July 18, 2017 — The anglers of Middle Park have plenty of choices when it comes to dipping a line within Grand County. Most of our seasoned casters have favored spots and honey holes whose often-secret locations they jealously guard. But soon enough they will have a new option

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Winter Park using motion capture tech to prevent injuries

July 13, 2017 — The world of sports can be brutal. Athletes undergo vicious training programs, endless travel and must constantly face the menacing prospect of a serious injury. But as sports become more competitive, so do the technologies working to create stronger, more resilient athletes. The Winter Park

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Rifle range nearly doubles capacity

July 13, 2017 — Grand County's popular Byers Canyon Rifle Range has provided sportsman with a shooting safe haven since the early 70s but after more than a decade of seeking funding the popular shooting sports destination recently got an upgrade with the installation of several new shooting lanes

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The art of the climb: Tackling Longs Peak

July 13, 2017 — A short way east of Grand County rises an imposing figure, a massive pyramid of rock towering high above the vast plains stretching out to the east. Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, named for pre-Civil War Army engineer Stephen Long, is the tallest

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