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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: Camping reservations in Colorado's parks are filling fast

Outside: Camping reservations in Colorado's parks are filling fast

Many of RMNP’s campsites are booked early in advance.
Outside: With arrival of spring, the trails beckon. But sometimes the hike or ride has to wait for the mud to clear

Outside: With arrival of spring, the trails beckon. But sometimes the hike or ride has to wait for the mud to clear

“It’s important to be patient with the trails in order to protect them. I know the weather is beautiful and you really want to get out there but just have some patience and let them dry out. This way you’ll really be helping us protect them,” said Boulder County Senior Park Ranger Erin Hartnett.
Outside: Always important, avalanche safety takes on added weight as pandemic sends more into the backcountry

Outside: Always important, avalanche safety takes on added weight as pandemic sends more into the backcountry

Warmer weather has brought some relief to concerns, but many remain on high alert this year after 11 people have been killed this winter. That’s just one death away from the record set in 1993. Experts say there are multiple reasons for the uptick, but many in the outdoor industry think it could be caused by more people in the backcountry.
Colorado wildlife officials gang up on elk herds as part of six-year study on 'recruitment'

Colorado wildlife officials gang up on elk herds as part of six-year study on 'recruitment'

The herd between Aspen and Snowmass Village has become academia — part of a six-year study helping state biologists and researchers figure out why the elk population is struggling in parts of Colorado.
Outside: Eating right in the backcountry doesn't have to be hard

Outside: Eating right in the backcountry doesn't have to be hard

Preparing as much as possible in a home kitchen takes the burden of cleaning away from the campsite. Cutting and portioning vegetables, even pre-cooking whole meals to heat up quickly on a camping stove, can make for an enjoyable weekend in the wilderness that’s mostly hassle-free.
Outside: Kids going stir crazy? Make a plan, strap some snowshoes on their (or your) feet and get out there

Outside: Kids going stir crazy? Make a plan, strap some snowshoes on their (or your) feet and get out there

Here are some tips on how to ensure all ages enjoy exploring the outdoors via snowshoes.
Outside: Cities can help migrating birds on their way by planting more trees and turning lights off at night

Outside: Cities can help migrating birds on their way by planting more trees and turning lights off at night

"Efforts to make it easier for migratory birds to complete their incredible journeys will help maintain their populations into the future."
Outside: Push to get Colorado’s Amache internment camp a national park designation interrupted by coronavirus

Outside: Push to get Colorado’s Amache internment camp a national park designation interrupted by coronavirus

COVID-19 delays have slowed a three-year process that supporters hope will put the Grenada War Relocation Center site under federal management
Outside: Chill out close to home with ice fishing at St. Vrain State Park

Outside: Chill out close to home with ice fishing at St. Vrain State Park

Even if it is more low-key than a trip to the slopes, safety is paramount and checking conditions before an outing is key to a good day. Ranger Scott Reffel recommends the ice be at least 4 inches thick for fishing.
Outside: Boulder County offers artists chance to stay at open space to foster their creativity

Outside: Boulder County offers artists chance to stay at open space to foster their creativity

Every year, Boulder County opens the doors at Caribou Ranch to a number of artists for its Artist-in-Residence program, which allows creatives to spend time in the homestead on the property to write, paint, sing and mold their craft. The county through Monday is accepting applications for anyone interested in a stay at the ranch July through September.