Position: San Juan Mountains Association

History comes alive with local education project

The San Juan Mountains Association and the La Plata County Historical Society are collaborating for a second season to conduct a heritage education project to increase community awareness of local...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Enjoy hunt, but leave no trace in backcountry

By Alan Peterson San Juan Mountains Association Hunting is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful public lands in Southwest Colorado. But to keep it beautiful, remember to be a “Leave No Trace”...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Pikas: Cute little furry indicators that the climate is changing

As you start hiking through the talus, watching the clouds gather overhead, you hear it. A very distinct squeak. Did your dog find a squeaky toy hidden in the rocks? Probably not. Then you hear it...

DATE: July 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Summertime means butterflies, flowers

As summer moves along, more wildflowers are taking to bloom. They are a feast for our eyes and also produce delicious nectar that provides a feast for many of nature’s creatures. Look carefully and...

DATE: June 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Homeowners’ wildfire-preparedness efforts pay off

No one likes to see a wildfire threaten homes. When it does happen, though, it can be rewarding for the homeowner who has taken time to become more wildfire-prepared. Such is the case with Elk...

DATE: April 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Leave No Trace: Don’t leave your home without it

An estimated 2 million visitors will drive, hike, camp, backpack, horseback ride, fish and more on the San Juan National Forest and area Bureau of Land Management lands this summer. In the fall, an...

DATE: March 23, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

S.W. Colorado no stranger to volcanic activity

Here in Southwest Colorado, we don’t often think of volcanoes. Some might think of volcanoes as faraway forces creating islands in oceans or billowing toxic smoke across the skyline of some African...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Here’s where to go to frolic in snow

The San Juan Mountains offer some of the most stunning vistas anywhere. There are acres upon acres of public lands that are ripe for exploring. In the summer months, it is easy to access this...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2013 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Understanding gear system for winter outdoor recreation

By Mark WinkworthSan Juan Mountains AssociationAs the winter weather slowly descends on Southwest Colorado, it leaves more time to gear up for the snow and dropping temperatures. While many people...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Abert’s squirrels a year-round symbiotic forest resident

This fall, while leading a group of third-graders around Junction Creek Campground near Durango, we were enthralled with the bustling activities of Abert’s squirrels getting ready for winter. These...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Enjoying backcountry easier when you are balanced

San Juan Mountains Association works as the nonprofit educational partner of San Juan National Forest, Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office and Canyons of the Ancients National...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Take a ride – on horseback – into the backcountry

By Celia BoydSan Juan Mountains AssociationAutumn is a great time to enjoy our public lands. The trees and shrubs are showing off their fall color. With cooler weather on the horizon, it’s time to...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

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