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The Wild Animal Sanctuary: Keeping Creatures Safe in Keenesburg 1

The Wild Animal Sanctuary: Keeping Creatures Safe in Keenesburg

Lions and tigers and bears – plus wolves, bobcats, coyotes and other large carnivores – call the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, home. The sanctuary, 30 miles northeast of Denver, provides 320 acres of grassland habitat and shelters to more than 200 animals rescued from horrible living conditions around the world. Visitors can see these animals in their spacious…

Fish, Finches, and Campfires: St. Vrain State Park

There are many things associated with summer.  Children are free from school for a few months, college students are coming back home, and people are looking to enjoy the sun and outdoors again.  Peppered with a number of lakes and steeped with wildlife, St. Vrain State Park can provide as an ideal stop for those looking to enjoy the natural…

Pawnee Grasslands: A Kingdom Unto Its Own

The distant thunderhead was towering high enough to scrape the moon, which hung in the sky like a silver kite. The onset of dusk painted the westerly side of the storm vermilion; the lightning flashes and thunder-quakes tickled our senses like little chemical jolts, visceral but evanescent. “Shouldn’t we, um, take cover?” asked my companion, a newcomer to the High…

Greeley: Colorado's Hub of the Plains 3

Greeley: Colorado’s Hub of the Plains

When Horace Greeley exhorted young adventurers to “go west,” he had no idea that a town named for him would become a hub of life on Colorado’s northeastern plains. Established in 1870 as a ranching community, it was colonized by one of Greeley’s cohorts, Nathan C. Meeker. Greeley became home to one of the state’s largest meat-packing plants. The railroad…