Hiking

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Take you breath away

By Bill Haggerty

Grand Mesa is well-known for its numerous natural lakes and man made reservoirs, nearly 300 in all. According to the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, about one-third of those lakes harbor fish: rainbows, brookies, browns and native ...


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Time to take a Turkey trot

By Bill Haggerty

There are approximately 115,000 species of moths and butterflies in the world. I don’t even know the three or four I saw on Turkey Flats, but they’re still cool. So is the Turkey Flats Trail. In fact, it’s about 20 degrees ...


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Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership 
brings water users together for hikes

By Dave Buchanan

The importance of water goes beyond the “use it or lose it” dictum of Colorado’s convoluted water laws. There also is the people aspect of getting water to work, and the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is one of those ...


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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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