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Fall Mountain Biking Adventures in Idaho By the end of August, I am more than ready for fall. There’s no better way to ring in the cool fall temperatures and changing leaves than a mountain bike trip. While I often head to Fruita or Moab for some fall mountain biking fun, this year I decided to try something new in Idaho. Read More Posted on Sep 23, 2022 by David Young, Contributor
Best Fall Foliage Hikes in Colorado It’s the most wonderful time of the year.. and no, we’re not talking about Christmas! It’s almost fall foliage season in Colorado. It’s the time of year where our trees turn from green to vibrant shades of yellow and orange, filling Coloradoans with awe and wonder at the masterpiece of color our state becomes. Read More Posted on Sep 13, 2022 by Hannah Kutner, Contributor
JAX Becomes Employee Owned Company JAX Mercantile Company is proud to announce, effective January 1, 2022, it became an employee-owned company via an employee stock ownership plan. JAX has been family owned and operated for over 65 years with nine store locations serving the outdoor and farm retail industry. Read More Posted on Aug 31, 2022 by
BIKE MS: Colorado 2022 On June 25 - 26, 2022, 1,550 participants set out to bike for a cause. Bike MS is the largest fundraising cycling series in the world. Each year, nearly 75,000 cyclists and more than 6,000 teams participate in rides across the country to change the world for people with MS. Read More Posted on Aug 25, 2022 by
A Journey Up Challenger Point Summer in Colorado means different things to different people. For some it’s a great time to barbecue, hang with friends, and lounge by the pool. But for many, it means that Fourteener season is in full force. Read More Posted on Aug 15, 2022 by David Young, Contributor
Best Fly Control Products August is the height of the season for those pesty flies. They can be harmful, but with the right products, you can keep them under control. Over at JAX Farm & Ranch, we carry a magnitude of fly control products, to put your worries at ease. We’ll go over our best fly control products so you can find what’s best for your needs! Read More Posted on Aug 9, 2022 by
Adventures in Iceland: A Week Exploring the Magical Island As the plane touched down on the outskirts of Reykjavik, Iceland, the clouds were so thick it was hard to tell where the sky ended and the earth began. The seven-hour direct flight on Icelandair from Denver transported us to this island in the far north reaches of the globe. Read More Posted on Aug 3, 2022 by David Young, Contributor
Larimer County Fair Parade & 2022 Larimer County Fair & PRCA Rodeo Queen Morgan Crouse, the 2022 Larimer County Fair & PRCA Rodeo Queen shares her fondest memories of The Larimer County Fair Parade with us: "When I think of the Larimer County Fair, one of my favorite parts will always be the parade. Growing up in 4-H meant yet another year of parade planning, building, and plenty of shenanigans! I will forever hold special childhood memories of the Larimer County Fair Parade." Read More Posted on Jul 27, 2022 by Morgan Crouse, 2022 Larimer County Fair & PRCA Rodeo Queen
Keen Women's NXIS Speed Keen released Women's NXIS Speed Shoe - their most lightweight, innovative hiking boots to date. To the eye, they look like sneakers, but perform like hiking boots. Keen is known for their Famous Comfort Fit, and these shoes held up to the test. Read more for our honest review on these shoes:    Read More Posted on Jul 18, 2022 by Hannah Kutner, Contributor
Fly Fishing 101: The Knowledge and Gear to Get Going It is said that fly fishing takes a moment to learn and a lifetime to master. This means you have the rest of your life to look forward to exploring rivers and streams mastering the nuances of fly fishing. Indeed, fly fishing is one of those great sports where all you need to do to be an angler is to fish. But for the uninitiated, this can be a huge hurdle. Fly fishing can be as complex or simple as one wants to make it. We’re here to help with a little fly fishing 101 tutorial. In this blog, we will outline some of the basics of fly fishing along with the gear, tools, and resources to get started.     Read More Posted on Jul 11, 2022 by David Young, Contributor
Summer Backyard Essentials - Outdoor Power Equipment With warm weather comes the time for home renovations, landscaping, and backyard events! Power Equipment tools are your best friend all summer- from leaf blowers, to chainsaws, to power washers. We wanted to highlight our favorites from STIHL, CUB CADET, HONDA, and GENERAC for this summer. Read More Posted on Jun 30, 2022 by Hannah Kutner, Contributor
Gozney Pizza Oven If you want to take your pizza making skills to the next level, look no further than the Gozney Pizza Oven. All Gozney pizza ovens are professional grade and designed without compromise. What sets Gozney apart is that they originally sold commercial grade pizza ovens! Using the same technology and materials as their professional ovens, they shrunk the oven into a simple to use and portable package - that’s how the Roccbox was born.   Read More Posted on Jun 15, 2022 by Hannah Kutner, Contributor
Leave No Trace: The 7 Principles As lovers of the outdoors, it’s important to preserve and protect nature. Leaving No Trace helps minimize the impact on plants, animals, and entire ecosystems. These practices should be applied in all outdoor environments, so we can keep our planet safe, and preserve its beauty. These principles were established by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Read More Posted on May 26, 2022 by Hannah Kutner, Contributor
Spring Means Fly Fishing Time

Fly fishing is the art of doing everything and nothing all at once. It is a sport that requires you to always be present casting, mending, and changing up flies. Yet, Despite all this, you can spend all day on the river and not catch a thing. Regardless, a day spent fly fishing is always a good day. 


With that in mind, spring has arrived which means that warm sunny days are ripe for pulling out the fly rod and heading down to your favorite river or stream to knock the winter’s rust off and get a few casts in the water.   Read More Posted on May 26, 2022 by David Young, Contributor

A Beginner's Guide to Climbing Gear If you’re brand new to the world climbing, shopping for gear can begin to feel like an overwhelming task. Not only is there an endless range of gear- from brands, to styles, to different types of equipment, but also a hefty price tag attached. The good news is, we’re experts at this whole thing, so we’re here tell you exactly what you need to start, and what you can hold off on. Read More Posted on Apr 25, 2022 by Hannah Kutner, Contributor
Understanding The Feeding Of Young Horses Is there anything more beautiful than watching a group of young horses running together out in a field on a crisp spring morning? Since the beginning of time of raising horses, the question that has been asked is: "what do we need to do to allow these majestic animals to grow to their optimal potential?" Our job as their nutritional stewards is to develop the best feeding program we can, and that boils down to a three-phase plan. Part one is determining the nutritional needs of each individual horse based on their size and activity level. Part two is understanding the type and quality of forages each horse is consuming. Part three is finding a high-quality Hubbard feed that compliments the forages being fed, ensuring each horse gets everything they need without wasting money on things they do not. Read More Posted on Apr 11, 2022 by Dr. Ed Bonnette, PhD
4-H Carnival & Larimer County Fair & PRCA Rodeo Queen As an eleven year 4-H veteran, I look back over my years of events and remember the Larimer County 4-H Carnival as one of my favorite fun events. It was a special time spent socializing with the community. This year, the 4-H Carnival will be held on March 5th at the First National Bank Building at The Ranch Complex, and once again will be attending, but this year not as a 4-H member. My name is Morgan Crouse and I am the 2022 Larimer County Fair & PRCA Rodeo Queen and I plan on strolling around, smiling like a kid, and visiting with everyone at this year’s 4-H Carnival! I must be honest, it really is a blast. This amazing event is packed with joy and laughter for all ages. Read More Posted on Mar 3, 2022 by Morgan Crouse, Contributor
JAX Yard & Garden Guide To Watering Plants No matter what color your thumb, you likely already know that all plants need water to reach their full potential. But what you might not know is that incorrect watering techniques can put plants at risk for disease and even kill them. Following these best and worst practices for watering plants indoors and out will help eliminate the guess work of keeping plants happy and health. Read More Posted on Feb 14, 2022 by JAX Yard & Garden
Five Great Places to Snowshoe in Northern Colorado Snowshoeing is one of the best winter sports and workouts that oftentimes gets overlooked for more adrenaline-packed sports like skiing and snowboarding. Nonetheless, snowshoeing through a quiet forest filled with fresh snow is one of the most amazing outdoor experiences to be had.  Read More Posted on Jan 21, 2022 by David Young, Contributor
Emergency Vehicle Safety Checklist Because you never know when you will encounter winter weather or an emergency road closure. Read and download our Emergency Checklist to keep in your Vehicle. Read More Posted on Jan 13, 2022 by Weston Joslyn, Contributor
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