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Outside articles share stories about the great outdoors: the hidden gems, favorite local adventures, special daytrips and the people behind these experiences that make life in and around Longmont so special.

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Outside: Exploring Longmont's outdoor art

Outside: Exploring Longmont's outdoor art

Outdoor art is hidden along Longmont's many hiking and biking trails, just waiting to be found.
Outside: Retailers are seeing spike in backcountry gear sales. That has avalanche educators, search teams worried

Outside: Retailers are seeing spike in backcountry gear sales. That has avalanche educators, search teams worried

As ski resorts announce plans to manage crowds, avalanche equipment sales are soaring, leaving search and rescue teams and land managers bracing for record crowds exploring snowy mountains.
Outside: Fall fun is on at local pumpkin patches, farms

Outside: Fall fun is on at local pumpkin patches, farms

Residents can enjoy the bounties Longmont’s farm country has to offer without straying too far from home.
Outside: Gear, good plan key to good hikes when weather turns wacky

Outside: Gear, good plan key to good hikes when weather turns wacky

A beautiful and serene hike can turn unpleasant when the storm rolls in. Make sure you're armed with gear, a plan and the forecast before heading out.
Outside: Coming weeks will be Colorado's most colorful time of year

Outside: Coming weeks will be Colorado's most colorful time of year

The prime viewing time frame across the state is expected to be the next two weeks. Here are some of the best spots to catch the early colors without straying too far from Longmont.
Outside: Homestead Meadows offers great hike, history lesson

Outside: Homestead Meadows offers great hike, history lesson

Today history buffs and adventure seekers can make the trek up the Lion Gulch Trail to Homestead Meadows, where the remains of eight homesteads can be found.
Outside: Lichen Loop offers up great kid-friendly hike

Outside: Lichen Loop offers up great kid-friendly hike

My daughter, Freya, loves exploring outdoors but isn’t usually game for the lengthy and difficult hikes I like to take. With minimal elevation change, the Lichen Loop was a perfect place to let my 8-year-old take the lead on a Saturday morning adventure.
Outside: Hiking with a plan

Outside: Hiking with a plan

"The moon isn’t as bright as you might think," said Mindy Sink, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Denver and Boulder.
Outside: Going down the greenway

Outside: Going down the greenway

Family friendly outside adventures await in the 8 miles of trails along the St. Vrain Greenway.