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New life for a Boulevard original

For years, I’ve led downtown Durango walking tours by starting at the train depot, walking north on Main Avenue to El Rancho Tavern, then east to East Third Avenue and south to College Drive. I...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Art in the aspens

Thousands of domestic sheep once grazed in the mountains of the San Juan National Forest near Pagosa Springs. Now there are none. High country sheep grazing allotments are vacant, and the only...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

A century old, Dinosaur National Monument deserves additional protections

We launched our rafts on the Yampa River at Deer Lodge Park, lunched at Stubs Cabin, stayed at Ponderosa Camp and ran Little Joe and Big Joe rapids. On our second afternoon, we pulled into...

DATE: July 8, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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

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