Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership 
brings water users together for hikes

Hikers with the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership enjoy one of the partnership’s hike-along Saturdays with a jaunt up the Perimeter Trail near Ouray during the 2013 Natural Resource Festival. This month’s free hike is the Silvershield Trail.

The importance of water goes beyond the “use it or lose it” dictum of Colorado’s convoluted water laws.

There also is the people aspect of getting water to work, and the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is one of those often-unheralded coalitions bringing together a universe of water users.

On the second Saturday of each month, the partnership sponsors a free public hike-around with staff and board members.

This month, it’s the Silvershield Trail, which begins at the Silvershield Mill about 1.2 miles north of Ouray.

The 4.6-mile hike gains 1,680 feet of elevation, offering great views of old mines, the town of Ouray, the Uncompahgre Gorge and Cañon Creek.

Meet interesting people, learn about the ways of water and see some new country.

WHAT: Hike the Silvershield Trail near Ouray with the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

WHERE: Meet at the Ouray Visitor’s Center, 1230 Main St., with good boots, appropriate clothing and plenty of water.

HOW: Information, cancellations or postponements: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org.


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