Hiking

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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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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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