Hiking

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Starting off on the right foot

By Bill Haggerty

“What better way to celebrate the New Year in Colorado than with a First Day Hike,” says Joe Lewandowski of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Those in southwest Colorado can enjoy the fresh air and scenery at Ridgway State Park ...


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Old Gordon glory

By Bill Haggerty

Downhill ski enthusiasts who would normally be gliding down the slopes at Powderhorn today are understandably upset about the lack of snow at their home based ski area. It’s a little better scene for Nordic skiers on the Grand Mesa. ...


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Here for the falls

By Bill Haggerty

The sky was gray, never threatening, yet never allowing any of the sun’s warmth to soak through. The light was flat, like the colors along the sparsely-used country road. The 24-degree temperature felt colder with a slight ...


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Sanctuary of solitude

By Bill Haggerty

Ute Canyon isn’t as long as No Thoroughfare Canyon, which, at 8.5 miles, is the longest canyon inside Colorado National Monument. Ute Canyon doesn’t feature those massive stone monoliths like Praying Hands, Kissing Couple, Coke ...


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Avoid being a target

By Bill Haggerty

Fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors in Colorado. If you’re a big-game hunter, it’s an especially rewarding time of year. If you’re a hiker, however, you may worry about all those blaze-orange-clad people with guns. ...


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Diggin’ dinos

By Bill Haggerty

It looked like the cross-section of a gruesome mass grave, with gnarled bones and broken skeletons floating in a sea of gray-blue mud some 50 feet deep. Actually, it was a mass grave — for dinosaurs. Bone fragments and skeletons of ...


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‘Experiential purchases’

By Bill Haggerty

While wandering through the desert the other day, my mind wandered to an article by James Hamblin in The Atlantic, titled “Buy Experiences, Not Things.” Hamblin stated that “Forty-seven percent of the time, the average mind ...


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GO WITH BECKWITH

By Bill Haggerty

One of the best fall driving tours in this state is along Kebler Pass (Gunnison County Road 12), a colorful, scenic drive between Paonia and Crested Butte. Spring and summer bring showy wildflowers and a plethora of wildlife, but fall is ...


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Check Mee out!

By Bill Haggerty

Mee Canyon is on my list of top-five favorite local hikes. It’s not for the timid. You must be flexible enough to crawl through a diminutive window arch on your way into this mystic canyon. You must descend a Navajo-style ladder into a ...


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Climb every mountain

By Bill Haggerty

There are a couple of different ways to approach the Crag Crest Trail hike. If you shuttle vehicles, leaving one at the west trail head and one at the east, you can hike the upper 6.2-mile trail along the craggy spine of Crag Crest from east ...


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