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Get Out! Bringing the essentials in a pack an important part of riding

By Julie Norman

One of the first things I grab before any bike ride is my backpack. I fill the hydration bladder with enough water to get me through the ride, plus a little extra. This usually means one liter for a short, after-work ride, or at least two ...

Boston Marathon will never be quite the same

By Eric Sandstrom

One humbling aspect of teaching college students is the serendipity of it all. The surprises. Don’t even try to predict how a fiercely competitive soccer player from Wyoming will apply herself to ethical debates in my classroom. ...

Ride your bike to ward off cycling’s Zombie Apocalypse

By Scott Mercier

In the ancient poem “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” the Goddess Ishtar proclaims: I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld, I will smash the door posts, and leave the doors flat down, and will let the dead go up to eat the ...


Three-seminar water law series on way

By Dave Buchanan

Whether it’s simply a coincidence or divine intervention, the water course being offered next month by the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University comes at an opportune time. The three-seminar series on water law, policies and ...


Top of the Pines: Get up there and enjoy majestic San Juans

By Bill Haggerty

Breathe deep.  No, not here. Get out of town. Then, breathe deep.  Fresh air does so much for our health and vitality. It clears the head, clears the lungs and invigorates body, mind and spirit.  Hopefully a little storm ...


Can’t find the moose? try looking a bit more

By Dave Buchanan

It would not be hard to make a convincing argument that of Colorado’s mega-fauna, moose are the most popular. Although only a handful of moose are harvested each year compared with the 45,000 or so elk and 76,000 deer that hunters kill ...


Take caution eating fish from Sweitzer Lake

By Dave Buchanan

Beginning in April, a regulation change will allow the take of carp from Sweitzer Lake near Delta. The change is a big move for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in part because biologists long discouraged this corner from writing about Sweitzer ...


Ranger Trails: Keep nature trash-free 
by helping spruce up park on monument

By Eric Sandstrom

For every hiker and cyclist who derives pleasure from the scintillating panorama of Colorado National Monument, there looms a window of opportunity to make it sparkle even brighter. Ditto for photographers, campers, astronomers, motorists, ...


Get Out! Trails in Loma will test your mettle

By Julie Norman

September is usually when I start taking longer and more technical bike rides. I look for rides with more hills and more rocks. In the fall, after months of riding, I try to see just how much progress I’ve made over the summer. This ...

Ranger trails: Summertime blues: Making the switch from the monument 
to classroom

By Eric Sandstrom

It’s never too cool to see our summers come to an end. Like most kids whose summer vacation collides with a new school year at this time, bittersweet feelings overwhelm our old prefrontal cortex. Autumn already? Say it isn’t so. ...

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