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About Charles Watkins

Charles Watkins is owner, editor, writer, photographer, and journalist for Basin & Range Magazine. In addition to Basin & Range Magazine, Charles was also the founding editor for Topline Magazine, which he launched in 2012 and guided for 3 years as a leading source for outdoor sports and lifestyle news. He also contributed written and photographic freelance works to There and Back magazine. His career also includes 9 trips to the continent of Antarctica working for the US Antarctic Program where he contributed his IT experience towards the cause of scientific discovery. Charles earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the Metropolitan University of Denver and is originally from ABQ, New Mexico. He now lives in the Denver, Colorado area.
Latest Posts | By Charles Watkins
Day 1 at the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games
2 weeks ago

Day 1 at the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games

Below the bright blue skies of Vail, Colorado – the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games are lighting the summer off with 4 days of the nation’s best in outdoor sports and …
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The West’s Best Brew Fests of Summer 2017
3 weeks ago

The West’s Best Brew Fests of Summer 2017

The culture of craft beer pours over the West and is celebrated at hundreds of brew fests stretching from New Mexico to Alaska.  With so many to choose from, we decided …
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What’s new for the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games
4 weeks ago

What’s new for the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games

The GoPro Mountain Games returns to Colorado’s Vail Valley as the country’s largest gathering of adventure sports, music, and the mountain culture that surrounds the lifestyle.  Professional and amateur athletes …
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Going to California this summer?  Don’t forget to pack your skis.
1 month ago

Going to California this summer? Don’t forget to pack your skis.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California emerges from a historic winter and sets the stage to operate July 1-4 and Saturdays thereafter as long as conditions allow. How is that possible? …
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Discover Ghost Ranch: New Mexico’s Iconic, Hidden Wonder
2 months ago

Discover Ghost Ranch: New Mexico’s Iconic, Hidden Wonder

Tucked against the dramatic backdrop of northern New Mexico’s vast and towering landscape lies the legendary Ghost Ranch. A place whose 21,000 acres of red rock canyons, mountain vistas and …
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Tips for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming
2 months ago

Tips for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming

For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will make its way across the United States – crossing over 3 Western US states in the process:  Oregon, Idaho and …
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Kickstarter We Love: The Rocky Mountain Land Library
3 months ago

Kickstarter We Love: The Rocky Mountain Land Library

The Rocky Mountain Land Library has been called one of Colorado’s most treasured collections of books.  The 35,000+ private book collection primarily focuses on the West’s landscape, diverse history and legendary people. …
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2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Brings 7 New Concepts
3 months ago

2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Brings 7 New Concepts

From skiing corn in the high mountains to soaking up the superblooms of the desert flowers, April in the West can mean lots of things to lots of people.  But …
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How to Celebrate Idaho Craft Beer Month
3 months ago

How to Celebrate Idaho Craft Beer Month

Evidence of the West’s booming craft beer industry isn’t only found in the states of California, Colorado or Oregon, but Idaho too.  To celebrate the Gem State’s affinity for fermented grains, hops and …
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