Hiking

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Pluck O’ the Irish

By Bill Haggerty

As an Irishman, I got a little teary-eyed when I first discovered a canyon in extreme Northwest Colorado called Irish Canyon. It is, after all, one of the major landmarks in northwest Colorado — such an important landmark that it was ...


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Get Out! Hike to and from Uncompahgre Peak a great one

By Julie Norman

I wasn’t sure this backpacking trip was even going to happen, at least not in the way I first imagined it. Our planned route of heading down FS 868 to the Failes Creek trail head, hiking up and over the ridge to the Big Blue Trail and ...


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Crag Crest Trail’s blustery history

By Dave Buchanan

It’s an ill wind ... It’s unlikely you’ll find a summer’s day when there isn’t a small parade of outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the views from the Crag Crest Trail. Hikers, runners and the merely unsuspecting take ...


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Remembering Storm King 14

By Dale Shrull

A clump of lavender wildflowers watches over the memorial site of Don Mackey. His photo peers from beneath his marble cross as a small lizard darts by, stopping long enough to pose for its own photo, then skittering away. There’s a ...


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Joys of backpacking into the backcountry

By Julie Norman

Prime backpacking season is upon us, and perhaps you’re considering heading out for your first foray into the world of backcountry camping. You’ve seen the allure of carrying your home on your back and aren’t in the least ...


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Head to Grand Mesa to escape heat, haze

By Staff

Temperatures here in the valley are in the 90s as hot winds have blown smoke and haze from fires in Utah, Nevada and California into our happy valley. It’s filled with bad juju. Time to get out, and our destination is staring at us in ...


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Take a hike: CCA looking for trail monitors

By Dave Buchanan

If you really need another excuse to hike in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, here is one more. Colorado Canyons Association, the nonprofit group fostering community stewardship for National Conservation Lands in western Colorado, ...


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History in this hike

By Bill Haggerty

The first thing most visitors to the area will notice is Nine Mile Canyon is 40 miles long. The second thing most visitors will notice is Nine Mile Canyon is an incredible outdoor museum. The third thing they’ll most likely notice is, ...


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Devil’s delight

By Staff

I don’t know what the devil got into me, but I took a bunch of folks who are not used to such things hiking into Devil’s Canyon and the Fruita Paleontological Area. Turns out, it was OK. No one got lost. No one fell. No one ...


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Where are the rattlesnakes?

By Bill Haggerty

It’s hard to say what keeps tourists at bay. Maybe it’s just a name. Now, I don’t want to jump into a Chamber-of-Commerce-type argument about whether we should rename Colorado National Monument, but how about Rattlesnake ...


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