Position: Special to the Herald

Email: gulliford_a@fortlewis.edu

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

Blood and struggle in Ludlow

At the turn of the 20th century, Colorado offered better protection for the donkeys and mules that worked in mines than for the miners themselves. Mules and donkeys were mandated by law to spend a...

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

Hoodoo heaven

Who knew you could leave Durango and drive to the planet Mars? Visiting the Bisti wilderness south of Farmington certainly has the feel of another planet. Maybe that’s why 60 percent of the annual...

DATE: March 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

La Posada: An Arizona oasis

I have followed the work of early 20th-century architect Mary Colter across the Southwest from Hermit’s Rest at the Grand Canyon to the Desert View Watchtower, which was inspired by her trips to...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Recapture Canyon

In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on what could be a precedent-setting mistake. In 2005, Blanding residents illegally constructed a seven-mile-long, 4-foot-wide,...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

All eyes to the sky

I love watching hawks, especially red-taileds in the Southwest, and I love watching peregrines, ospreys and eagles wherever I can find them. Imagine scanning skies with binoculars looking for...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Route 66 Finding the Mother Road

I had the ride, but not the road. I was living in Tennessee, and I’d bought my dream car, a Big Bird or 1963 pearl white Thunderbird complete with a 390-cubic-inch Ford V-8 engine, brushed aluminum...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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