Hiking

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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 ...


Mounument View section of Riverfront to open

By Dave Buchanan

A dream to connect the entire valley with a hike/bike path is another step closer to fruition. And Fruita. The 8.4-mile Monument View Trail section of the Colorado Riverfront Trail officially opens 11:30 a.m. on Friday with a special ceremony ...


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The Devil made me do it

By Bill Haggerty

Most years, Devil’s Canyon would be considered hell in the middle of the day in the middle of August. This year, though, early in the morning around sunrise — too early for the gnats, heat or thunderstorms — Devil’s ...


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A really long hike

By Dale Shrull

Jennifer Pharr Davis had never done much in the outdoors growing up. The North Carolina native had just graduated from college in 2005 when she decided it was time for an adventure. She thought she would try hiking. “After college, I ...


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Monsoon season

By Bill Haggerty

Flash flood warnings had our Redlands neighbors on full alert last week. Some of us raced outside to see if our neighborhood would wash away. Some of us raced up, after the record-setting rains, to see the pour-offs in No Thoroughfare and ...


Volunteers needed to help finish work on Quiet Use trail

By Dave Buchanan

The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association is looking for volunteers to help finish a new Quiet Use trail on Grand Mesa. The work, scheduled Aug. 8-9, will push to connect the new Mesa Top Trail from Colorado Highway 65 near the ...


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