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Three Bags to Add to your Gear List

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Bag lovers unite! If you're anything like me, you believe it is completely normal to have a closet dedicated to just bags. Bags for the trail, bags for the lake and river, bags for traveling, so on and so forth. While many purpose-built bags and packs have become one of my key pieces of gear, these three hold a special place in my heart. Here are three bags made by Colorado companies that are worth checking out! Topo Designs 30L Travel Bag, Denver CO Need a bag while traveling by train? Maybe plane? Heck, you can even go by automobile! [...]

Kids Biking Essentials

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Spring has sprung and warmer weather is on the horizon, which means bike season is upon us! As you ready yourself for the transition from turns on spring corn to hero dirt, we have some of the season’s go-to gear to help you bring the little ones along for the ride. Our latest round-up features biking essentials for infants to toddlers. From ride-along rigs and solo bikes to safety gear and accessories, here are seven of our favorites.   Burley Honey Bee Bike Trailer We all have to start somewhere - cue the Honey Bee. This walking/biking trailer fits two [...]

3 Tips for Wrapping up Ski Season

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We know what you’re thinking, “But Colorado is about to get hit with yet another snow storm!”, but the time has come to start wrapping up ski season and digging into springtime activities! Here are 3 tips for closing out winter and kicking off spring: 1. Wash your gear! Clothing and gear can get pretty, hm, funky over the course of the ski season. Now is the time to grab your down items (jackets, sleeping bags, etc.), soft/hard shell layers (ski pants, jackets), and thermal base layers and give them some laundry day love. Thermarest Vila Double Quilt means [...]

Multi-Adventure Weekends

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If you’re anything like me, the weekend can’t come soon enough. Thankfully, for those “weekend warriors” out there, the region has countless opportunities to explore, learn and play. From solo hikes to family fishing adventures, here are two winter destinations and some helpful tips to make your multi-adventure weekend happen! Snowshoeing & Ice Fishing at Beaver Creek Reservoir Ready for the ultimate family adventure? In the heart of winter, Beaver Creek Reservoir has thick ice, deep snow and hungry trout. Multi-adventures are easy at Beaver Creek but plan to bring along the right gear for being active while hiking and staying [...]

Take on New Adventures: 5 Winter Adventuring Tips

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With seemingly countless miles of easily-accessible trails in the region, there is almost no reason to stop you from getting outside - even in winter. Here are 5 tips to get you on the trail this season!   Get outfitted While hiking is an option year round, why not explore winter-specific activities? Getting fitted for skis, boots, snowshoes or fat bikes is the first step to getting on the trail during the winter months. Whether you plan to rent or purchase your own, visiting a shop like 8200 Mountain Sports in South Fork or Kristy Mountain Sports in Alamosa, is a [...]

Fat Biking 4 Seasons of Fun!

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Fat Biking - 4 Seasons of Fun! Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Have you seen the fat tire bikes cruising in, around and above the San Luis Valley? With miles upon miles of multi-use trail, single and double track, and forest roads to explore, maybe it’s time to see what the craze is all about! Fat biking is essentially mountain biking. But, unlike traditional mountain bikes, fat bikes are equipped with fat tires that can be 4 or more inches wide. These bikes are perfect snow travel and rocky or gravel trails; and while [...]