Debra Van Winegarden

Position: Special to The Herald

New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands a necropolis of hoodoos and ziggurats

Bisti Badlands is a necropolis of sandstone temples and ziggurats and a maze of passageways painted with striated tinctures. It is arguably the finest community of badlands in the San Juan Basin of...

DATE: April 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Sonoran Spring: Tucson’s Mount Kimball Loop hike

It rained in the fall and snowed in the winter. As the desert warms in the spring, voilà, wildflowers are giving it all they’ve got this very instant. Pack it up and leave for Tucson now and you...

DATE: March 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Moab Rim Petroglyphs: Knots in the rope of time

During a visit to Durango last November, Craig Childs said archaeologists feel down the rope of time, one knot at a time. Rock art images are stories on stone that transport us back thousands of...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Stone library: Grand Canyon’s Kanab Creek Watershed

Kanab Creek flushes a wide region in southern Utah before it pierces the North Rim of Western Grand Canyon. It is a major tributary of the Colorado River and an exit/entrance route for backpackers...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Muprhy Hogback in Utah is infinite Earth

Moab clears out in winter and motels advertise rock-bottom prices. In a mere three hours, transition from Colorado snow country to Utah’s rough-hewn rock wilderness. Of all the trail hikes in...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Mind-boggling features

Our early winter journey to the Arizona Strip takes us through Page, Arizona, and on to the northwest corner of the state via U.S. Route 89. The Strip is the region sandwiched between the Colorado...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Capitol Reef an explorer’s challenge

With snow falling in the higher elevations of Colorado, the best hiking opportunities move to lower and warmer southern Utah, including our destination here, Capitol Reef. The terrain of this...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Perins Peak: Durango’s overseer

Playful features and wild creatures make Perins Peak an engaging hike for children. Adjacent to town, the easy-to-follow footpath wanders through gambel oak and ponderosa pine habitat. The...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Columbine Lake: Rhapsody in blue

Columbine Lake is a siege of ever-changing, iridescent color that will not be pinned down: cobalt, indigo, sapphire, turquoise. On each visit, it seems the lake dons a new hue, from shadowed to...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Hesperus, guardian mountain

Hesperus Mountain marks the northern boundary of the traditional homeland of the Navajo. It is the Sacred Mountain of the North. Colorfully banded and the highest peak in the La Plata Range at...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Mountain View Crest boasts breathtaking Animas views

The colossal summit plateau northeast of Durango’s Missionary Ridge is an arresting curiosity – come along and explore the west half of Mountain View Crest. Miles fly by while striding over...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Indian Trail Ridge a sky-high alpine connector

“Eastward the dawn rose, ridge behind ridge into the morning, and vanished out of eyesight into guess; it was no more than a glimmer blending with the hem of the sky, but it spoke to them, out of...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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