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Backyard Bikepacking: Ride from Colorado Springs to Cañon City and Back

Basics Mileage: ~ 150 miles  Elevation gain: 10,500 ft  Start/Finish: North Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs, CO   Difficulty: Moderate  Season: Late Spring – Early Fall  Overview This Colorado canyon adventure is a tremendous first bikepacking route or early-season ride. The ride starts and ends at North Cheyenne Cañon, near downtown Colorado Springs. Ample opportunities for water…

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Ideas for Weeknight Camping in Colorado Springs

Weeknight camping is a novel way to break from routine and might serve as a rejuvenating escape. From car camping to bikepacking and backpacking, Colorado Springs has a number of backcountry gems close enough for an after-work adventure.   Weeknight camping takes a certain level of preparation and planning. Although camping can cut into time for…

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Best locations for new ski areas in Colorado

Using GIS (Geographic Information System) it’s possible to identify areas that match characteristics needed for a ski area. Below I’ve identified some potential locations for new ski areas on public land in Colorado. The state is unlikely to support new ski areas anytime soon. But, this map can help powder seekers and backcountry skiers find…

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thorn protection for biking

Stupid cheap thorn protection for bikepacking

Thorn protection is essential for bikepackers and bike commuters. Changing a flat tire might be fun the first few times you do it, but constant flats will slow you down, threaten your trip, and drive you mad. Fortunately, you don’t have to have a tubeless set-up to get stellar protection against thorns. While tubeless has…

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Author poses with dog on a backpacking trip in the Indian Peaks

Cormac McCrimmon

I started Colorado Wonderland to report on the confluence between outdoor recreation and environmental issues in Colorado.

I grew up in Denver, hiking, biking and climbing trees. In high school, I solo-hiked across the state on the Colorado Trail.

I love sharing advice about my favorite trails and places to visit. I’ve lived in Denver, Colorado Springs and Telluride.

When I’m not writing, I’m often conducting ‘boots on the ground’ research, running, biking, skiing, climbing or planning my next adventure.

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