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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: 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.
Outside: Longmont outdoor spaces offer lots of variety and varying rules to go with them

Outside: Longmont outdoor spaces offer lots of variety and varying rules to go with them

Neighborhood and community parks and nature areas all require different guidelines to balance recreation and protection
Colorado appeals court agrees that ski pass waivers protect resorts from liability in chairlift injuries

Colorado appeals court agrees that ski pass waivers protect resorts from liability in chairlift injuries

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruling on lift ticket and season pass waivers -- which release ski areas from “any and all liability” -- could erase resort safety responsibilities outlined in laws like the Ski Safety Act and the Colorado Passenger Tramway Act
Backcountry gear is scarce in Colorado as skiers hedge against another disrupted downhill season

Backcountry gear is scarce in Colorado as skiers hedge against another disrupted downhill season

Record-level purchases of alpine touring skis, splitboards and avalanche safety equipment leave gear makers wondering why they slashed their budgets last spring when the pandemic shutdown happened.
Outside: Get out there and shoot — photography is perfect reason for your next outdoor excursion

Outside: Get out there and shoot — photography is perfect reason for your next outdoor excursion

With the advances in smartphones and their cameras, it’s easier than ever to grab quality images.
Outside: Planning a trek? A little prep can go a long way

Outside: Planning a trek? A little prep can go a long way

While day trips can be fun, spur-of-the-moment adventures, bigger treks benefit from logistical forethought. Making sure vacation time is on the books, learning the routes and physical preparation are key to successful adventuring.