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Roughing it

By Bill Haggerty

Rough Canyon is only 8.6 miles from downtown GJ, yet from what I can tell, it’s rarely visited. Maybe it’s the name, but this canyon is geologically fascinating, it is home to some of the world’s most rare plants and animals ...


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Good way to Cap the weekend

By Bill Haggerty

Are you feeling patriotic this weekend, but not quite patriotic enough to scale Independence Monument? Would you love to be up on Grand Mesa to celebrate this Independence Day weekend by spraying mosquitoes with bug juice, but all the ...


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Going wild

By Bill Haggerty

Learning to look. Looking to see. Learning to look at animal tracks in the woods can teach us a lot. They can help us become more aware of our surroundings. They can help us recognize we’re part of a larger community. They can help us ...


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Head to Hermosa

By Staff

So, how beautiful, pristine and “worthy of special designation” is the Hermosa Creek Watershed? Located northwest of Durango, the drainage is one of the least visited spots in Colorado and is home to elk, lynx, deer, bear, beaver ...


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Learn the art of navigation

By Staff

Frontiersman Daniel Boone supposedly said, “I’ve never been lost, but I was mighty turned around for three days once.” Whether you’re lost or simply “turned around,” not being quite sure of the way home or ...


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Kodel’s Canyon

By Staff

Brightness and contrast. Shadows, highlights and midtones. Texture and shape. These are the things local artist Steven Marshall sees as we trek through Kodel’s Canyon on a beautiful spring day. Kodel, an old stonemason turned ...


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Take a kaleidoscope journey through time and earth

By Bill Haggerty

The Upper Black Ridge Access Road to Rattlesnake Arches Trail on Glade Park opened for the season Friday, a couple of days late. It was supposed to open on Tax Day, April 15. Coincidence? I think not. It opened a couple of days late because ...


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Blooming Onion

By Bill Haggerty

Fisher Towers in southeast Utah is sweet, but a little crowded right now. The Onion Creek Bench Trail just past the towers, however, is as sweet as a Vidalia onion, especially sweet during college spring break when most campgrounds along the ...


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Snook’s Bottom on the rise

By Bill Haggerty

Snook’s Bottom gentrified? You gotta be kidding! When I first moved to town in 1977 as a sports reporter at Your Daily Sentinel, one of the first stories I wrote was about how the Fruita Monument High School football team performed a ...


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Avoid taking a mud bath

By Bill Haggerty

What do you get when you mix a foot of old, crusted leftover Thanksgiving snow and 50-degree mid-February temperatures? A major hankering to play in the mud! Mud season is in full swing across the valley, from Bangs Canyon just south of ...


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