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Where pioneers are buried: La Plata County’s historic cemeteries

She was dying as she took her place on the wooden wagon. Wrapped in quilts and an oil cloth against the cold pelting rain, her relatives spoke urgently, encouraging the team of horses. But it was...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Where rocks have names: Running rapids on Western rivers

A rock is a rock is a rock, unless it is in the middle of a fast flowing river and you are about to smash into it with the front of your boat. In which case, you’re apt to give it a name. River...

DATE: May 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

The murals at Mama D’s: In Salida, wall art tells story of an era

SALIDA – Traveling around the West, when it’s mealtime I’ll eat anything – and I have. Friends tell me that I am blessed with an iron stomach and a tasteless palate. Perhaps. I was in historic...

DATE: April 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Canyon country controversy

President Barack Obama has a few more choices than us. He can set aside thousands of acres in Utah as a new Bureau of Land Management national monument, while we can only hike there and hope our...

DATE: March 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Some like it hot: Soaking at New Mexico's Ojo Caliente

On frigid winter days with long winter nights, there's nothing like a soak in a natural hot springs and one of the most historic in the Southwest is at Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. Pioneering...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Stone messengers

When the Canadian government created the First Nations province of Nunavut above the Arctic Circle, the first postage stamps the new province issued were photos of inuksuit, or stone cairns. ...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

A tragic tale in Ouray

Driving north toward Ouray on U.S. Highway 550, high above the Uncompahgre Gorge at 9,000 feet, you can see a mine shack with colorful laundry hanging from it. A sign reads “Antiques, 9-5.”...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Grand Canyon under siege

On previous raft trips down the Grand Canyon, I had seen summer rains bring roiling muddy water from the Little Colorado into the deep green of the Colorado River and dramatically change it to a...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Exploring Tsankawi Ruin Clues to an ancient culture found on New Mexico’s Parajito Plateau

In the penetrating heat of early July, storm clouds brewed to the south. Summer monsoons had yet to arrive in northern New Mexico. The temperature stood at 95 degrees as I left the truck with full...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Culture clash in Moab

As a benefit for the San Juan Mountains Association, we had organized a canoe trip on the Green River near Moab to paddle 60 miles from Geyser Springs to Mineral Bottom. Colorado’s Centennial...

DATE: July 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Making Ute history live

Clifford Duncan passed away this winter, and with his passing went centuries of Ute cultural knowledge about land and landscape. A World War II veteran in his 80s living in Neola, Utah, near Fort...

DATE: June 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Saving Saguache: New life takes root in an old Colorado town

Set in the northern San Luis Valley, Saguache served as one of the early gateways to the San Juans and the Western Slope. When Durango was just a twinkle in railroad baron Gen. William Palmer’s...

DATE: May 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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