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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

Recalling the Old Fort College celebrates century mark, community its hardscrabble past

OLD FORT LEWIS – In La Plata County, settlers and farmers took up homesteads near historic Fort Lewis. Four generations later, some of those pioneer families remain, and they have a warm and...

DATE: June 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Lifetime achievements

MANCOS – Florence Lister’s distinguished career in Southwestern archaeology began at Chaco Canyon in the summer of 1940. As a young University of New Mexico anthropology student, she yearned to be...

DATE: May 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Eye of the miracle

LOS OJOS, N.M. – Many miracles have occurred in northern New Mexico, and one of them began with a runaway horse. A century ago, the pretty Hispanic wife of Irish mercantile magnate T.D. Burns lost...

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

The vanishing cowboy camp

FRUITA – When late winter weather rolls in I think of cowboys waiting out storms huddled in their line shacks drinking hot coffee from blue metal cups. Rode hard and put away wet, with...

DATE: March 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Proud of its past

BLANDING, Utah – Trust is critical in any relationship but especially between a museum and its donors. It takes years to build those ties. After decades of working with locals and federal agencies...

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

Writer on the fringe

GRAND JUNCTION – When prodigal son Dalton Trumbo returned to his hometown, he arrived on Main Street in a bronze bathtub. After four years, he’s still there, and the residents of Grand Junction...

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

Conquer the Divide

THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE – Imagine slimming your backpack, trekking poles, boots, clothes and socks to 15 pounds and then hiking 3,000 miles. That’s without food or water, but such minimalist...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2010 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Letting the animals do the work

MISSIONARY RIDGE – Imagine a Fort Lewis College biology project where animals take their own photos. Couple that with extensive field work on the aftereffects of the 70,000-acre Missionary Ridge...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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