Off Roading In Colorado

By Tatum Wall

Off-roading in Colorado can be a lot of fun, but knowing where, how, and when is huge in this hobby. I picked a few of my favourite places in Colorado that range in different difficulty levels.

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The first is an easy entry-level road, named Baxter Pass, located by Dinosaur Park. It is recommended to have a 4X4 vehicle because there are some rocks and all dirt. Also, it isn’t necessary to have a lift kit, but it is recommended to have. A lift kit is a bigger suspension that gives you more clearance of obstacles and to give you more room to get bigger tires.  It is open from June to October, but some areas of the trail may be blocked off between that time due to road work or weather.

The next area is Trough Trail, located by Kremmling, CO. It is rated as a very difficult trail due to the very steep incline in the 1.1 mile trail including big rocks. It was man-made back in 2002 created for extreme off-road vehicles. It will take about three hours to go through the main trail. It does require a permit. You can get one of these permits at the in the city of Boulder. There is going to possibly be body damage and internal damage to the vehicle due to the terrain of the roads.

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Green Ridge Road is the third and longest trail on this list. It is located by the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado.   It is rated as a difficult trail to get through. It is a long trail with deep mud holes and embedded rocks to surely give you trouble and fun. Most of the trail goes through dense trees with the occasional openings to beautiful meadows. Anyone in a dirt bike or ATV will be covered from head to toe in mud.  It is typically open from July 1st to November 20th, but opening day is commonly delayed due to deep mud holes from winter melting. There are some camping places at the beginning of the trail. This is not a trail for stock SUVs, and don’t travel alone nor without another vehicle. The worst of the mud is in the beginning.  

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Imogene Pass is located in Telluride, CO. It is the second highest drivable trail in Colorado.  At Savage Basin, you’ll pass through Tomboy Townsite, it was one of most active mining towns in Colorado. A great deal of mining debris is still scattered about. Most are on private property. The pass is blocked by snow until it is ploughed, usually in early July. Unlicensed vehicles are not permitted on the lower half of Southside and you must start the trail from Camp Bird Road. The road is rocky, steep and narrow in places and passing can be dangerous. Stock SUVs should have low-range gearing, 4-wheel drive, high clearance and skid plates.

I called the Forest Service and I asked them how they feel about off-roading. They said, “It is a great opportunity to have fun with their 4wd vehicle but stay on the trail.  causes resource damage to road and life when the vehicles go off the trail. A good place to get more information on this subject is www.staythetrail.org.”

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Rolling On a New Attraction on the Mountain

By Spencer Thorne

Have you ever wondered what that big hunk of metal 40 feet above the ground on the mountain is? That hunk of metal is the longest mountain coaster in all of North America right here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  

The mountain coaster can get up to 40 feet above ground and can max out at a 25 miles per hour. The mountain coaster goes more than 400 vertical feet on the mountain with 6,280 feet of track which makes our local mountain coaster is the longest in North America.  

The hours for the mountain coaster is very strange. It varies when they close depending on what day it is. Every day it opens up at 11:00 A.M. and closes either at 4:30 or 5:00 or 8:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. If you go to Steamboat Mountain website it will tell you what times they close if you are confused.  Here is a link to the times and prices. The cost for the mountain coaster is $35 if you want to drive the coster and $25 for the passenger.

I have gone on the mountain coaster once. I thought it was pretty fun and a good experience, but at the same time, I don’t believe I will be going on it again. It seems kind of like a waste of money to me, $25-35, for a one minute ride doesn’t seem like it is worth it to me, but if you are visiting here I would definitely recommend you to try it just because it is the longest mountain coaster in North America.

After have riding the longest mountain coaster in North America and having my own experience I would recommend that everyone should try it at least one time.

Winter Fun Away from the Slopes.

By Ian Baca

What is there to do in a ski town in winter if you don’t ski or board? Are you just doomed to drown in the boredom of a small town? Well not quite. In the day you can do outdoor activities and the night relax.

Hot Springs 

The Old Town Hot Springs has several hot tubs, a cold pool , lap pool, a kiddie pool and regular pool. They also have a snack bar, Mountain Brew, to get snacks and drinks. Mountain Brew is open:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Pool wise they have a slide, diving board and climbing wall. If you do not have a swimming suit you can rent suits and towels at the front desk.

If you want a more naked experience you can go to Strawberry Park Hot Springs where clothes are optional at night( I recommend going in the day). During the day you must wear a bathing suit! Under 18 years of age is not allowed in park after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday thru Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10:30pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 12am

Snowmobiling

Another outdoor activity for the day time is snowmobiling. Steamboat offers great snow and a few businesses that will take you out. Saddleback Ranch, Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, and Elk Mountain Adventures are a few of them.

Tubing

Saddleback Ranch offers tubing day and night. They have a sick run setup for you to enjoy. They are located 15 miles west of Steamboat and reservations are required.

Prices are:

$20– 1 hour

$28 – 1 ½ hours

$32 – 2 hours

They also offer a free shuttle to get there. It will only pick up and drop off if you are going to tube for one and a half hours.Saddleback is closed Tuesday and Thursday.

Winter Fishing

If you are an outdoor person check out one of many lakes near Steamboat. Stagecoach Reservoir offers fantastic ice fishing and river fishing . The tailwaters at Stagecoach stays thawed for a good portion of the winter. Steamboat Lake is another place that offers ice fishing in the winter months. If you are not up to leaving Steamboat the Yampa river is great for fly fishing. You can pick up gear at Steamboat Flyfisher, Bucking Rainbow ,and Straight Line (All of these stores offer guided trips and outfitting)

Music

At night if there is a concert you can go to the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. They have many talents that play . It is made up of music loving locals who want to share their talents. Schmiggity’s is a local bar that holds karaoke, and live music. They are located in between 8th and 9th street on lincoln. Schmiggity’s happy hour is at 7-9 o’clock and is open depending on what events are going on . The popular hours are between 9 pm to 12 am. If you are looking for CD’s and vinyl record head to All That on 6th street . They also have an assortment of clothes, glass, and steamboat related gifts. If you want to enjoy good food and live music you can head to Old Town Pub and eat while listening to good music. The music calendar is located on their website www.theoldtownpub.com. They are located on 6th street across the street from All That. They are open 12pm to 2am, 7 days a week.  The mountain offers a variety of music and restaurants at the ski base. Call the base for more information on shows and food choices at http://steamboatmountainvillage.com/.
Steamboat is a small town known for their skiing and boarding, but their are  other activities to do. You just need to look into what to do whether it’s hiking, fishing, going out to dinner, etc. You can still make your day and night full of fun activities.

Teenage Places to Hangout.

By Seth Caldwell and Kaylene Alberty

Snow Bowl

Snow Bowl is one of the greatest teenage hangouts. It’s located on 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza. What makes Snow Bowl such a great place for teenagers? Well, for one it offers a friendly environment for all ages. They really strive for excellence in customer service with fun bowling, good food and great friends. Open bowling is about $3 to $4 dollars per person and per game. There is also special nights like cosmic bowling from Friday to Saturday nights.

Sk8 Church

Another great spot for teenagers is Skatechurch. If you love God and you love skateboarding this is the place for you. It’s located on 2851 Riverside Plaza. Every Thursday at 7:00p.m. High School and College groups get together and enjoy a nice warm meal, relax and talk a little about God. On Monday nights middle students come over. Monday through Friday you can go in and enjoy indoor skating. They also have these Skate Church missions,which is really fun. It’s also free if you were wondering. This system was especially made for kids who go through a rough time and need some encouragement and to have a good time.

 

Bud Werner Library

If you are a teenager looking for a good place to hangout in Steamboat then you’re in luck. One great place in Steamboat is the Bud Werner Memorial Library. The Library is a great, free place to hang out and even get work done. On weekdays it is open 9a.m. to 8p.m. and on weekends it is open 10a.m. to 5p.m.  There is a section just for teenagers which is a really good place to meet people. They also have many computers for you to use for free so you can game out or get all your homework done.

 

Old Town Hot Springs

One of the best places to hang out in Steamboat is the Old Town Hot Springs. The pool costs $18 for adults $11 for kids under 18. Seniors and children 2 or under are free. There are many activities and things to do there including a rock wall, two water slides, and a diving board and pool. During the summer there is even an obstacle course and you can compete with people and your friends. It’s a blast. There’s also a gym on the second floor if you want to enjoy a really good workout.The age restriction for the gym is minimum of 15 years old. They have classes like yoga if you are interested and they also have a little picnic area if you wanted to enjoy your lunch there.