Hiking

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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 ...


Number, please: 
Taking your 
phone for a hike

By Dave Buchanan

The world is getting smaller, thanks in great part to the way we see the world. Emerging with the growth of cellphones and other electronic devices is software adapting high-tech to traditional outdoor activities. Whether you Google a route ...


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Get there before it’s hot!

By Bill Haggerty

The seasons changed again last week. Before it happens once more and temperatures hit 100, now might be a good time to race up to Colorado National Monument for a five-mile loop hike between Monument and Wedding Canyons. Or, if you’re ...


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THE SWELL LIFE

By Bill Haggerty

“You may not share my point of view, or see the world the way I do, I hope it doesn’t matter much to you.”  — Raul Malo, Sinners and Saints, 2010 From my point of view, the San Rafael Swell is, well, ...


Old Spanish lecture

By Dave Buchanan

The lure of the Old Spanish Trail continues, more than 150 years since traders worked their way across some of the most barren stretches of the American West, including parts of western Colorado near Grand Junction. Tonight at 7 p.m., ...


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No Thoroughfare Canyon offers great hikes, splendid views

By Bill Haggerty

If a thoroughfare is a road from one place to another, No Thoroughfare Canyon at the southern flanks of Colorado National Monument is aptly named. There are no roads here. Yet, a primitive and remote backcountry trail winds its way up from ...


BLM announces winter road closures to protect wildlife

By Staff

Beginning Saturday, the Grand Junction Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will close a handful of roads for the winter to protect big-game herds. A BLM spokesperson said Wednesday the seasonal closure affects specific BLM roads from ...


BLM offers Christmas tree-cutting permits

By Staff

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands within designated areas of the Grand Junction Field Office are now on sale. Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, ...


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