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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. ...

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. ...


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 ...

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