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Warnings working to keep visitors out of Colorado high country

Police in Colorado’s mountain communities are doing a lot of educating and even issuing written warnings to violators of local and state health orders designed to slow the spread of the...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

10-mile travel restriction for Colorado outdoor recreation during safer-at-home phase

Colorado is loosening some restrictions on people’s movement starting this week as the state enters a new phase of its battle against the new coronavirus, but travel for outdoor recreation is one...

DATE: April 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Beat the buzzer to nominate Durango Athletic Hall of Fame candidates

Two days remain to nominate athletic figures to be considered for selection in the first class of the Durango Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations for the newly-created hall of fame...

DATE: April 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Sports

Smelter Mountain serves as outdoor classroom during COVID-19

The new coronavirus pandemic has upended our lives. Schools are closed, businesses shuttered and we are following stay-at-home orders. Daily exercise is essential to keep our heads on straight. For...

DATE: April 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Coronavirus pandemic disrupts Appalachian Trail dreams

COSBY, Tenn. – When Alexandra Eagle first mentioned plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alongside her new husband, her sister told her they’d either be divorced in five months or married...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Durango city council warns of potential trail closures

Trail systems serve as the lifeblood for Durango outdoor recreation. Keeping those networks open during the coronavirus pandemic is important to public officials, but trail closures are a real...

DATE: April 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

National parks are free, but some oppose that amid coronavirus

SALT LAKE CITY – Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Spring break at the desert mountain of Mount Wrightson

A few years ago, I was on a small island off the coast of Maine when a friend strode into the kitchen with a topographical map of Mount Wrightson. “You really should climb this mountain. It’s the...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Flaming hues of fall close to Durango

Nature has thrown the switch. Rabbitbrush pumps out the wattage. Gambel oak weaves flaming tapestries. Aspens spin translucent yellow disks. You needn’t drive up into the mountains to celebrate...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Incomparable Uncompahgre Peak

If you are going to climb a Colorado fourteener this summer, why not go big? At elevation 14,309 feet, Uncompahgre Peak is the highest point in the San Juan Mountains. The first recorded ascent...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Hematite Basin: Lake, Flowers and Peaks

Submerge yourself in a riot of flowers while hiking to Arctic blue Hematite Lake. A few miles east of Silverton, this trail will present a superb wildflower tour through mid-August. Satiated by...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Access to ruins-rich public land near Mesa Verde explored

Bear and deer wander among piñon-juniper forests of the Mesa Verde escarpment, where ancestral homes, plazas and kivas of the Native American Puebloan culture remain undisturbed. But what will...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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