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Winter Layering 101  

JAX Outdoor Gear had the privilege of having Shelby Mann from Ground Up Adventures speak at our Winter Layering Event. She went over all the essentials from base layers to hats, so you can enjoy nature while staying warm and protected.   Read More Hannah Kutner, Contributor

Hiking West Maroon Pass It’s a cool crisp morning in Aspen, Colorado. The leaves are putting on a show this late fall — bright yellow, orange, and red leaves cover the mountains surrounding the town. It’s pure luck, but we have managed to time our hike to coincide with peak fall foliage. The sun shines down on us as we shovel our packs into the back of the truck. Read More David Young, Contributor
Help The Birds Through The Cold Not looking forward to snow and the precipitous drop in temperature that arrives with winter? Neither are the birds! Winter weather brings challenges for the birds that remain here rather than migrating south. Fortunately, we all can help them get through this season by keeping our bird feeders well-stocked with energy-rich foods. Read More Sue Quinlan, Contributor
Protect Your Plants From Freezing Temps Some quick and easy things to do to help protect your plants from the incoming cold weather. Moving them to protected areas like under a deck, into a garage or shed, or onto a porch with a roof is often offers enough protection. Read More June McCracken, Contributor
Get Set for Fall Freeze Checklist The temperatures are dropping, which means that snow is around the corner, and there are a lot of important winter preparation measures to take. The lists can feel long and overwhelming, which is why we’re here to help. We’ll break down each category, each step, and have all the supplies you may need waiting at your local JAX! Read More
Volunteering With Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

One of the benefits for employees at JAX is paid volunteer time for conservation efforts. This October, I headed up early one morning to Red Feather Lakes for a volunteer project with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. As I bounced along the forest roads on my drive in, I soaked in the fall colors as I made my way to the staged work area. The air was crisp when I stepped out of my car. Fall was in the air! 

Read More Ashley Vander Meeden, Contributor
Exploring Ireland Ireland is home to six National Parks, all free to the public, and a load of great hiking trails.  It is relatively easy and not too expensive to get to and offers a world of pristine untouched wilderness to explore. (Photo by: David Young) Read More David Young, Contributor
Best STIHL Leaf Blowers

Leaf Blowers are considered one of the most popular lawn tools to own. From large estates, to small backyards, almost everyone has a need for one. Here at JAX Farm & Ranch, we have a magnitude of options, so you can find the perfect leaf blower for you. Here are our favorite picks from STIHL:

Read More Hannah Kutner, Contributor
Employee Highlights: Becky A.

Meet Becky A., our Chief Financial Officer! Becky has been an instrumental part of JAX in her nearly 20 years with the company. Every month we will feature an employee for our “Employee Highlights” series.  Read More Hannah Kutner, Contributor

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 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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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 Hannah Kutner, Contributor
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