Position: Outdoors Editor and Columnist

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4586

About: John Peel has written and edited for the Herald since 1993 as sports editor, news writer, columnist and features editor. Since 1998 he has written a human-interest column.
He has 27 years' experience in the newspaper business, with stints at the St. Petersburg Times, Des Moines Register and Tribune, Fort Collins Coloradoan and Laramie Daily Boomerang.
John wrote a guidebook on mountain biking in the Durango area and has re-written the popular "Guide to Hiking in Southwestern Colorado," originally penned by Fort Lewis College professor Paul Pixler.
Hiking, mountain biking, running, skate skiing, building sheds, spending time with his wife, Judy, and dog, Ellie - these are the activities that keep John busy when he's not at the Herald.
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They came to make a name for themselves

Ned Overend felt the pressure. And if he relaxed, even for a moment, a sponsor or friend or someone on the street would remind him of the expectations. Having the first-ever World Mountain Bike...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

When the world came to Durango

If you were here, you understand. Right now you’re already scanning your memory for where you stored your 1990 Worlds T-shirt, or your volunteer fleece jacket, or your newspaper clippings. Maybe...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dream takes shape

With construction more than 50 percent complete, the dream of a new $7 million outdoor learning center in Monticello, Utah, is quickly becoming reality. With thousands of children in the Four...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife underpass to divert animals

With a focus on maintaining infrastructure, the Colorado Department of Transportation has an estimated $94 million in roadwork planned for Region 5 this summer and fall. The two largest new...

DATE: June 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘My first thought was I was going to die,’ Barber says

There was a moment when Josh Barber thought the bear was going to kill him. But just a moment. Then, Barber fought back. The 21-year-old, who has been living at campsites north of the Durango Tech...

DATE: June 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear killed after 2 men bitten

A bear that bit two people camping near the Durango Tech Center, sending one man to the hospital early Monday morning, was shot and killed hours later by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers....

DATE: June 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lower Hermosa Road closed to campers

The mess was becoming too big to ignore, so the San Juan National Forest has closed Lower Hermosa Road to campers. The road, which begins as County Road 201 and becomes Forest Service Road 576, is...

DATE: May 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some Medicine for progressives

They need a place that’s a little chunky and techy with some pockets. A few berms, but not too many. A couple doubles and tabletops would be nice. OK, some of you may need a translation at this...

DATE: May 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

The trend toward fat

There’s a new trend in mountain biking: Fat is in. Not the riders. The tires. Big, puffy tires that look like something NASA developed in case someone ever wanted to ride on the moon. Yes, they...

DATE: May 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

‘Uncertainty’ clouds race weather forecast

The Durango area was pounded by rain Tuesday morning. Now, weekend weather watchers wonder: What’s next? Durango received 0.63 inches of precipitation in the 24-hour period that ended at 8 a.m....

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawn gone: Durangoans tear out grass to save water

Because the future is looking a little uncertain, Durango couple Steve Harris and Lourdes Carrasco started digging up their lawn Friday afternoon. They invited a few other concerned residents to...

DATE: May 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The book on S.W. Colorado singletrack

Holly Annala lives in Crested Butte, but she’s now the author of a guidebook to riding singletrack in Southwest Colorado. How does she have the audacity to do that? It’s OK, folks. She grew up...

DATE: May 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors