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Wilderness Skills: Knots

At Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides, you won’t find guides who just specialize in one activity. We have guides who are so passionate about the outdoors that we take up all kinds of hobbies! Your mountain biking guide probably rock climbs on the weekends, or your hiking guide can tell […]

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Digital Detox

Digital detox!! I bet you’ve heard the term, but is there any merit to it? Is it just another trendy thing to say, or is there real value there? Let’s dig into what exactly a digital detox is and how you can benefit from one. A digital detox is when […]

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Native American History of Rocky Mountain National Park

  When most people think of the history of Rocky Mountain National Park and its surrounding areas, they automatically think of the Gold Rush and the legendary names of Enos Mills and Joel Estes. But long before the first eastern explorers arrived, Native Americans were traversing the area’s mountainous terrain […]

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Risk Management in the Outdoors

As an individual who has spent much of my life recreating in and living near natural areas, risk management has been an [almost] invisible component of my whole life. Before, during, and after an outdoor experience, I am constantly assessing, and re-assessing my level of risk. These small, but necessary […]

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Antidote for Nature Deficit Disorder

Journalist and author Richard Louv, in his book “Last Child in the Woods,” coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder to describe the psychological, physical, and cognitive costs of human alienation from Nature. As human beings we evolved within Nature, as a part of the whole wild ecosystem, with all of […]

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Making the Outdoors a More Inclusive Place

In the spring of 2016, I was a freshly-minted college graduate of Northern Michigan University. This lesser-known school sits on the shores of Lake Superior, surrounded by wilderness in every direction. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, having to graduate and “grow up,” so I put it off […]

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Best Sightseeing In and Around Denver

Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and for good reason. Set against the iconic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City boasts a number of places to enjoy Colorado’s incredible natural beauty and unique culture. Whether you’re looking to experience Denver’s exciting urbanscape […]

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In 2017, on a sunny, September day in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, I found myself sitting cross-legged in a circle of my peers and professors. As a brand new Transpersonal Counseling/Wilderness Therapy student at Naropa University, I was getting my first look into Buddhist-based practices. We […]

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