Photo by Dave Buchanan

Hikers and bikers often share the same trails in the public lands west of De Beque. The area is open to mechanized travel on existing routes although some leeway is given to visitors who might lose their way in the convoluted terrain.

Welcome to Coon Hollow

Public land is at its best in rugged area just west of De Beque

Coon Hollow is a curious name for a rock- and pinyon/juniper-studded wildland in western Colorado.
Not much sign of raccoons here in the maze of arroyos and sandstone outcroppings west of De Beque, and it’s a good thing.
A squat, four-legged critter not know for its blinding speed might have a hard time competing against the motorbikes buzzing along tight, serpentine trails and powerful, high-riding pickups four-wheeling along the puzzle of roads left from more than a century of ranching and energy exploration.
This is public land at its best, trying to meet the demands of a multi-faceted public with a equally wide range of wants and desires.

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