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State park fills summer with outdoor fun for kids, families

By Dave Buchanan

Don’t sit there and tell me you’re bored. Highline Lake State Park is making it easy to fill your summer with outdoor adventure and learning (listen, this is much more fun than school, believe me). Wednesdays are the Highline ...

OUT: Haggerty’s Hikes May 31, 2009

By Bill Haggerty

Mallory Pilcher threatened me. As we lounged around the Wooden Shoe group campsite in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, the terror of Grand Valley lacrosse, peered under her hat and sneered, “I’d better see my ...

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Crested Butte Wildflower Capital of Colorado

By Dave Buchanan

Select one week of the year when Colorado’s high-country experience is at its most-colorful and you’ll find the Crested Butte Wildlife Festival. This year’s annual celebration of mountain floral glory is July 6–12, ...

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OUT: Haggerty’s Hikes Column May 24, 2009

By Bill Haggerty

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and here are a few things my Mom always told us Haggerty kids when we were growing up, so as not to make the weekend more memorial than it was intended to be: •  Don’t play near high water ...

Short-lived snowmelt has Gunnison River well past peak

By Dave Buchanan

With the Gunnison River racing along Thursday at 2,600 cubic feet per second, the 14-mile trip from Chukar Trail to the Pleasure Park takes about eight hours. And that includes a long lunch, some off-river hiking and several stops to untangle ...


OUT: Pelican Lake May 20, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

VERNAL, Utah — John Davis looked down at his feet, where the parched carcass of a bluegill lay mummifying along the sun-drenched banks of Pelican Lake. “Well, sometimes fishing reports aren’t exactly timely, if you know what ...

OUT Connection column May 20, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

With local rivers on the rise and near-flood stage not so far off, there could be no better time for the annual Mesa County State of the River meeting. Spend a couple hours learning about streamflows, water storage operations, river health ...

OUT: Sunday Column may 17, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

This week’s high water on the Gunnison River below Crystal Dam started dropping Friday as Mother Nature and the Bureau of Reclamation (not necessarily in that order) ramped down flows. As you read earlier this week in The Daily ...

OUT: Haggerty’s Hikes May 17, 2009

By Bill Haggerty

If it wasn’t for that 1,800-foot climb within the first six miles, riding my bicycle across Colorado National Monument would have been a breeze. Actually, that first four miles — from the east entrance of the monument to Cold ...

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OUTside Column May 13, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

You, too, finally can be the pick of the litter. Or at least the picker of the litter. Top dogs from the Grand Valley Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers will be hosting the group’s semi-annual West Creek ...

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