Position: Special to The Herald

A poetic look at the Druid Arch

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Utah Forceful and mighty, Druid Arch exerts its penetrating influence on all who approach. Two sky slits in the sandstone monolith have a shocking effect, multiplying the...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Double duty at Arches

MOAB, Utah – When I first rolled into Moab, Edward Abbey was alive, the streets were dirt, and it was off-season all year. Today, the quiet period is reduced to a mere sliver of annular time, and...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Don’t overlook in-town mountain

While Animas City Mountain may be accessed from two locations, this counterclockwise loop starts at the West Fourth Avenue Trailhead. The route heads northeast along the perimeter of the mountain,...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

The La Platas by wheel and boot

The La Plata Mountains encapsulate the rapidly evolving story of the American West. Miners paid the unromantic price of severe hardship with little reward. Vestiges of their presence linger and...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

The quartzite dragon

I climb Snowdon Peak every summer; it is among my finger-count favorites in the San Juan Mountains. The classic route, also the safest, approaches the summit from the north ridge and returns via...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Silver mettle

Though the La Plata Mountains are in Durango’s backyard, they often are neglected in favor of the Big Boys over in the San Juans. In contrast, the La Plata range is diminutive with only 25 peaks....

DATE: July 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Local Trail Guide Engineer Mountain – a favorite of locals Visit ‘Bus Stop,’ ‘Social Rock’ on way to summit

The distinctive, double-crested summit and grey columnar cliffs pique the curiosity of travelers wending their way along U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. A relatively solitary peak, Engineer...

DATE: June 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Engineer Mountain – a favorite of locals

The distinctive, double-crested summit and grey columnar cliffs pique the curiosity of travelers wending their way along U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. A relatively solitary peak, Engineer...

DATE: June 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors