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What kind of berries are these purple and reddish with crown looking tops?

There are some 15ft tall shrubs/trees that have these purple and reddish of berries. The trees seem to be either 15ft tall or 3ft and they are growing next to a trail. The tree wood is a greyish brown ...
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What kind of spider is this half dollar sized brown one with a darker brown body and a lighter brown strip down its back?

I found this spider yesterday running across a sidewalk next to a canal, it was bigger than a quarter and I think it was carrying an egg sack. Does anybody know what kind of spider this is?
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What kind of toad is this 2.5 inch yellow with brown spots a and a white back stripe?

I just found this toad on a sidewalk near a lake the elevation was probably somewhere around 4800 ft. Does anybody know what kind it is?
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When would docks on Chatfield Reservoir be least busy with boaters putting in and taking out?

I have a magnet and line setup to go magnet fishing and I would like to make some sweeps around one the docks Chatfield Reservoir on where it's likely that people have dropped gear/cellphones into the ...
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What is this dime sized black bug with white on the segments near Loveland Colorodao?

On my walk around town today I found this small black bug, (keychain carabiner for scale). Closeup It has two antenna and it seems that there is white on the edge of the segments. Does anyone know ...
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What is this brown catipillar with white stripes and two black spots near the head in Loveland, Colorado?

I was riding my bike today and I saw a number of these brown caterpillars with white strips and black spots near the head crossing the sidewalk. (Penny for scale) Does anyone know what kind of ...
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Was the young cougar who attacked a runner recently in Colorado likely to have been old enough to live independently of its mother?

Warning: Contains details that may be too graphic for some cat lovers. Today's New York Times has an article titled Man who Strangled Cougar Cited a Lesson from His Cat. See He's no Chuck Norris ...
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How necessary it is to have an SUV with AWD for trailheads in Collegiate Peaks, Upper Ark River Valley?

My wife and I just moved to Buena Vista, CO and want to know how necessary it is to have an SUV with AWD to get to trailheads. We’d prefer a sedan or hatchback for better fuel efficiency, but don’t ...
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Philmont closed - any good places to go instead?

I was planning on a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch this August but it closed the back country for the rest of the summer. My troop already has group tickets on a flight to Colorado with Delta. I was ...
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Road trip through the great American West - Anyone have Ideas for locations, areas, or activities? [closed]

This summer I am heading out with three friends to galavant through the American west on little more than gas money and a dream. The trip is looking like 2 weeks or so. Assuming I already know about ...
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What are some of the winter hiking trails rated difficult in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park that don't require technical climbing?

Headed to Denver,CO (mid-february) for a couple of weeks and looking to shed some fat through a weekend trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. I am looking for a hike with an elevation gain of 4000-...
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What kind of car do I need to reach most hiking trailheads near Boulder Colorado, Rocky Mountain NP

I am moving to Boulder, CO for my PhD and am interested in doing a lot of hiking on the weekends. To get to trailheads near Boulder and Rocky Mountain NP, all year around, do I need: High clearance (...
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Tree skiing/riding in Colorado

I am getting ready for a Colorado snowboarding trip in a couple of weeks... YAAAY !! I have been all over the country and I generally like CO resorts best (Keystone and A-Basin being my favorite), ...
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What are some proven methods of training for week long backpacking trips at high altitude?

I'm going to Colorado to visit a friend and we will be going on a week long trek across a couple of 14'ners. I'm looking for some ways to help prepare my body for trip.