Debra Van Winegarden

Position: Special to The Herald

The towers of Lavender Peak

Venture to the bulky magnificence of Mount Moss and the mythical towers of Lavender Peak. From the west tower, my favorite prominence in the La Plata Mountains, there are supreme views of Hesperus...

DATE: July 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Cumberland Mountain climb captivates

Cumberland Mountain is an accessible and friendly mountain and is a wonderful walk for hikers of all abilities – including out-of-town visitors. Located west of Durango in the La Plata Mountains,...

DATE: July 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Thundering waters of Cascade Creek’s falls

Mad waters thunder down with intimidating ferocity through the forest, the adventurous river a headlong torrent plunging over hydraulic jumps. The explosive and talkative turbulence is an...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Carbon Mountain: Neighborhood prominence

Carbon Mountain is one of Durango’s neighborhood prominences, but it is rarely visited. Located just west of the Animas River and southwest of Bodo Industrial Park, the area features the Purple...

DATE: May 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Missionary Ridge traverse: Durango’s training ground

The Missionary Ridge trail system is a superb training ground close to town. There are multiple trailheads that offer a selection of generally snow-free, three-season hikes in the low country. In...

DATE: April 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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

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