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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, ...


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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. ...


Partnership to let hunters prowl area near Meeker

By Dave Buchanan

Among the game-rich management units elk and deer hunters dream about are the units in northwest Colorado harboring the White River elk and deer herds. Hunters each fall willingly gamble precious preference points to draw a license for theses ...


Ranger Trails: Star Power: Taking some inventory of the night sky

By Eric Sandstrom

Strangely enough, most Americans find ourselves in the dark on the subject of light pollution. I used to figure light pollution was a minor toxic spill — just made fish dizzy without actually killing them. Wrong. NASA, the federal ...


Ranger Trails: Littlejohn will never forget his start as cook for workers

By Eric Sandstrom

His voice sounds like a Louisiana barbecue sauce tastes: sweet and tangy, but strong as a mule’s kick. The words come so fast, it’s hard to believe they describe memories that Mr. Littlejohn must reel in from 70-odd years ago. ...


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Snooks Bottom ponds built for endangered native species

By Dave Buchanan

All those slick new ponds at Snooks Bottom aren’t for you; they are nurseries for endangered native river fishes. There are 22 of what are called “grow-out ponds” (self-explanatory, right?) built by the Bureau of Reclamation ...


Ranger Trails: Ute Canyon: a perfect place for the serious hiker

By Eric Sandstrom

Ute Canyon is defined by natural splendor. You might say that about every nook and cranny at Colorado National Monument. Still, Ute’s broad-shouldered expanses instill a sense of awe in the most experienced of hikers. A Wisconsin friend ...


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Ranger trails: A natural stairway 
to heaven

By Eric Sandstrom

No Thoroughfare Canyon sticks out among the dozen or so canyons at Colorado National Monument as a special place for hikers and campers in search of something different in the high desert. Red-spotted toads live there. So do frogs, collared ...


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Get Out! 3-for-1 deal

By Julie Norman

If you’ve been thinking all summer about taking that first real backpacking trip, there’s still time to get one in. One area that has been our jumping off point for several backpacking trips is the Thirty Mile Campground/Rio ...


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