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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Ranger Trails: Hike leads GJ woman to discover family ties to national monument

By Eric Sandstrom

Last year, Leslie Spurlin took a hike at Colorado National Monument that piqued her curiosity about her own past. Led by a park ranger, Spurlin found herself at Buffalo Spring, a stone masonry trough where bison once drank. There was ...


Ranger Trails: Rattlesnake sighting can be adrenalin rush, but keep safe distance

By Eric Sandstrom

When a great white shark showed up near Cape Cod this summer, human herds flocked to the beach in hopes of glimpsing that big dorsal fin knifing through the surf. And “Jaws” remains one of the most popular movies ...

Tipton puts party before constituents when it comes to vote on Bush tax cuts

By Bill Grant

No need to ask how Rep. Scott Tipton will vote on the Senate bill passed last week to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, while extending them for tax-payers making less than $200,000 ($250,000 for couples) per year. As he did ...


Ranger Trails: ‘Tween Extreme’ campers thrive in 10-week program

By Eric Sandstrom

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.” — Diary of Anne Frank As young Anne realized when her freedom to go ...

Love nature? Catch up with summer books

By Eric Sandstrom

With apologies to “Prairie Home Companion’s” Garrison Keillor, it’s been a noisy week at Colorado National Monument, where all the bighorn sheep are good-looking, all the restrooms are strong, and all the lizards are ...

Just when you thought you’d heard everything

By Eric Sandstrom

Before diving into the earth-shaking topic of noise pollution, it’d be only right to mention some of my lesser-known weaknesses: ■ Our family dog used to jump into the shower with me whenever the hot water steam set off a smoke ...

Just another day in the park

By Eric Sandstrom

Just another day at Colorado National Monument. Twenty thousand acres of canyons and cactus under baby-blue skies, relentless sunshine and astonishingly few gnats greeted park visitors on a recent Saturday.  All traipsed beneath Old ...

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