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The1982 bust: A morality play

GRAND JUNCTION – I’ll confess that I’m an environmentalist, an earth muffin. So what was I doing having drinks and dinner at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction with retired executives from...

DATE: June 9, 2012 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Rare eclipse a real treat

NATURAL BRIDGES, Utah– Inthe 21st century Americans have lost silence, solitude and darkness, but now the National Park Service has new initiatives to preserve and appreciate our dark skies,...

DATE: May 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Son of O’Keeffe’s chauffeur carves his own legacy in Abiquiu

ABIQUIU, N.M.Made famous by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, the village of Abiquiu hasn’t changed much in the last few centuries. Thousands of visitors come each year to tour her home with its gardens...

DATE: April 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

School with dreams as big as Old West

MONTICELLO, UtahThe West has always been full of dreamers and schemers, but rarely have true visionaries sought educational goals. Westerners sought lost gold and silver mines, large ranches lush...

DATE: March 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

She packed a punch ... and vital goods

LA PLATA CANYONThe early winter of 1912 wasn't a winter like this one. It was a typical San Juan winter with freezing temperatures, packed ice, deep snowdrifts and nightly cold. Up Junction Creek,...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

The teddy bear truth unraveled

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – If President Theodore Roosevelt roped and rode and hunted in the West, what is the link between TR and the bear that bears his name? American children have a right to know. So...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Postcards sent from past

It began as a simple thing. Fort Lewis College donor and part-time Durango resident Nina Heald Webber started to collect postcards. Now two decades and 4,000 Southwest Colorado postcards later, we...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Flyovers come at a price

SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS – I’ve hiked Tomahawk Basin in the La Platas, and on the shoulders of Diorite Peak at 12,761 feet rest a few shards of twisted aluminum from a 1960s military plane crash. Not...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Finding a lost mastodon

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah – It takes a long time to find a mastodon, especially if it’s been buried beneath tamarisk, oak brush and Russian olive bushes. I’d heard rumors about a mastodon along the San...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

‘The way the cowboys did it’

HERMOSA PARK Log cabins built by cowboys represent an American icon and a part of Western heritage. There aren’t many cow-camp cabins left, but an excellent example of one just got stabilized this...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Furious fun on the Yampa Gargantuan runoff means high danger on big river

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT – It was just luck that we launched our rafts on the Yampa River the day before one of the highest recorded river flows in its history. It was just luck that we slammed...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Still on the lookout

DOLORES – Eight thousand fire lookouts once towered across America, at least a dozen in the San Juan National Forest. Now only one is staffed in the forest during the five-month fire season from...

DATE: July 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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