Steak, lobster, chicken, trout: Gourmet fare at a dude ranch in Colorado Springs
Yummy cinammon rolls - Ranch at Emerald Valley

Steak, lobster, chicken, trout: Gourmet fare at a dude ranch in Colorado Springs

By Eileen Ogintz COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- We are at over 8,000 feet up a steep gravel road from Colorado Springs in the Pike National Forest trying to decide whether…

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The Ranch at Emerald Valley – history, charm, family-central by The Broadmoor
Remains of the Nanny's Cabin - The Ranch at Emerald Valley

The Ranch at Emerald Valley – history, charm, family-central by The Broadmoor

Today, all that is left of the Nanny’s cabin is the foundation and a huge stone fireplace after a fire many years ago. Camp Vigil is now The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley.

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Taking the kids – and leaf-peeping safely
The Eagles Next Wilderness above Piney Lake

Taking the kids – and leaf-peeping safely

Whenever you head out to unfamiliar climes, you need to be prepared for the unexpected — a tumble on the trail, a rainstorm, a road so bumpy it leaves the back seat passengers queasy

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A quick fall getaway to Vail. Forget something? The Antlers can substitute most anything
Aspens losing their brilliant fall colors as winter approaches

A quick fall getaway to Vail. Forget something? The Antlers can substitute most anything

Unlike most rental condos, The Antlers at Vail come equipped with aluminum foil, plastic wrap and containers, a fully equipped kitchen and more. The location also can’t be beat—at the Lionshead base area a short walk on a pedestrian path from Vail Village.

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Taking the kids: 10 ways to celebrate Halloween safely in these strange times
Brick-o-Treat at Legoland Florida. (Legoland Florida)

Taking the kids: 10 ways to celebrate Halloween safely in these strange times

This will be a different Halloween experience with virtual or socially distant outdoor costume parades, face coverings, socially distant trick or treating, frequent hand washing and the necessity to sanitize treats, if trick or treating is allowed at all

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Taking the kids: Fall road trip – exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase
On the Queens Garden hike in Bryce Canyon NP

Taking the kids: Fall road trip – exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase

We’re looking at the famous tall, red and pink hued Hoodoo rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah that look different to each person who oohs and aahs over them. They stretch as far as we can see.

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Taking the kids: A bucket list in the U.S. that few take
Our rafts seen from the ancient granary

Taking the kids: A bucket list in the U.S. that few take

With cruises and many trips canceled, national parks have been jammed, but not on the Colorado River deep in the Grand Canyon.

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Taking the kids: And 12 must-haves for gearing up for a fall outdoor adventure
Worn Wear from Patagonia. (Patatonia)

Taking the kids: And 12 must-haves for gearing up for a fall outdoor adventure

This fall, with remote work and school, many families are taking the opportunity for a fall getaway focused on the outdoors where we feel safest. The right gear will help keep you comfortable — and confident — on your adventures.

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Weather can’t spoil a trip to remember down the Grand Canyon
Our group of 32 intrepid river rafters on the last morning of our 7-day expedition (photo by Ben Bressler)

Weather can’t spoil a trip to remember down the Grand Canyon

Finally! Five hours after we were scheduled to leave, the helicopters started to fly again, taking two or three passengers at a time rather than four because of the conditions

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Better and best: Thoughts on our last day rafting the Grand Canyon
Our Western River Expeditions guides - Andy Dicus, Alexis Smith, Stephanie Devisser, Ben Bressler

Better and best: Thoughts on our last day rafting the Grand Canyon

Everyone is glad to have been unplugged from the news for a week, didn’t mind the mitigations that are the result of the Pandemic and are genuinely glad to be here

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