Hiking

Rockslide knocks out portion of Continental Divide Trail

Hikers looking to complete the Continental Divide Trail this year may have just been dealt a significant blow, as a recent rockslide on a portion of the trail in the San Juan Mountains has been...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

The kaleidoscope summit of Grizzly Peak

In Durango, Grizzly Peak has garnered a considerable mystique. As viewed from U.S. Highway 550 south of the Cascade bend, it appears somewhat dark and daunting. It may be seen for a fleeting moment...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Outdoors

A story of peaks and ponds: North Snowdon a Durango conquest

As you are driving north up U.S. Highway 550 about to top Molas Pass, look to the east and you will see Snowdon Peak. The mountain is distinguished by the “W” notched into its south ridge. ...

DATE: July 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Trails less traveled in Southwest Colorado

It is easy to understand the draw of Ice Lake’s Caribbean blue water, or the challenge of Horse Gulch’s climb to sweeping vistas. But overuse has trampled natural areas and introduced toilet paper...

DATE: July 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey asks residents how they feel about tourism impacts

Long before Colorado shuttered for the COVID-19 lockdown, the Durango Area Tourism Office was working to avoid the overtourism problems that have befuddled other nearby destinations, such as Rocky...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

10 absolutely fun things to do in Southwest Colorado on Fourth of July

Colorado is cautiously moving forward with reopening professional sports and community spaces like libraries. But the state health department is still encouraging people to hunker down, even for...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vehicle allows faster rescue in backcountry north of Durango

Search and rescue crews in Southwest Colorado have a new toy to aid missions deep in the backcountry, and this one is tailored to ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks. As...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

John Peel releases new edition of ‘Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado’

It was time for an update. Durango writer John Peel will introduce the fifth edition of the highly popular guidebook “Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado” on Tuesday during a special virtual...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Burn the legs on Burnt Timber Trail

As mountains make ready for summer, this early-season hike will get you in shape for ever higher and longer treks. Three choices are presented at increasing levels of effort and elevation. They all...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Little Adventures with Goose and Huckleberry: Still like a rock

It’s been a few years since I have written my column. Some things have changed: Goose has a 2-year-old little brother and adventure partner in crime – I shall call him Huckleberry. And I need...

DATE: June 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

78-year-old hiker rescued after falling 20 feet in backcountry

Emergency responders successfully rescued a 78-year-old man Wednesday after he fell 20 feet while hiking in the backcountry off U.S. Highway 550 in San Juan County. San Juan County Search and...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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