Articles written by: Michael Ryan

Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it after noon.

Tips for Urban Hiking
From Mountain Khakis

Tips for Urban Hiking

You don’t have to get out into the middle of nowhere to have a good hike. The great cities of the world are made for hiking and you don’t even need a backpack. Shed the Equipment You sure don’t need that framed backpack, though a small pack is handy for [...]

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From Mountain Khakis

Glamping in the West

Glamour and camping: two words that don’t belong together are now wedded into an entire industry. If your idea of camping is sleeping in a pup tent and eating pork and beans right out of the can, you are not a candidate for glamping. If, on the other hand, you [...]

Wrangell-St Elias | ©istockphoto/troutnut
From Mountain Khakis

10 Fun Facts to Celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service

The National Park Service turns 100 this year and we just want to say, “Happy Birthday.” With record breaking attendance records every year, our national parks are more popular than ever. Created on August 25, 1916 the Park Service manages all U.S national parks, along with many other conservation and [...]

©istockphoto/Yuri_Arcurs
From Mountain Khakis

So You Want to be a Cowboy: Dude Ranch Jobs 2016

There are plenty of cowboy jobs to be had in the Dude Ranch-or Guest Ranch as they prefer it be called- business. Not all the positions are real cowboy jobs but even if you just wear your cowboy hat while serving drinks, if you do it on a ranch, you’re [...]

Chatfield Lake ©istockphoto/cumulus_humilis
From Mountain Khakis

Colorado’s Best Beaches

Okay, maybe I should have named this, “Colorado’s Only Beaches.” They may not be much, and chances are there’s more dirt and rocks than sand but sometimes you just have to go with what you have. Blue Mesa Reservoir, Gunnison, CO When you’re a landlocked state, your beaches are on [...]