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Crystal clear

By Bill Haggerty

Geologically speaking, 3,000 years isn’t much. For a bunch of trees to be preserved that long, well, that’s another matter. About 3,000 years ago, according to my irrefutable source, “An eruption of the Little Nash Crater ...


Conquering first fourteener not all that special

By Dale Shrull

Standing at 14,196 feet, I looked around at the surrounding peaks, then to the valleys looming thousands of feet below. Spectacular. Here I was at the highest point I’d ever been on the planet. That does sound a little ...

Enjoy a trip to backcountry of Mesa Verde National Park

By Dave Buchanan

Take a hike through pre-history. Mesa Verde National Park again this year is offering a series of ranger-guided hikes to backcountry sites rarely seen by the general public. The hikes vary from easy to difficult and are by pre-registration ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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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