Winter wildlife closures around Durango take effect Dec. 1

It may still be nice outside to go out for a hike, but Colorado wildlife officials are reminding trail users that closures in certain areas take effect Dec. 1 to protect critical winter range for...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

How rescue workers saved 28 hikers in two hours near Silverton

The Ice Lakes Trail lures thousands of hikers every year to this high-alpine destination west of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains. So when a wildfire broke out last week, cutting off access to...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing hiker found dead in San Juan Mountains, west of Lake City

A 26-year-old Denver man who went missing while solo hiking in the San Juan Mountains was found dead late Tuesday, according to authorities. Ben Brownlee was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Saturday...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fallen puppy, hiker rescued at Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride

A hiker was injured Saturday after falling 30 feet at Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride while trying to rescue a friend’s puppy that had also fallen. Blue, a 3-month-old puppy, lost her footing just...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

With record use of Durango trails, maintenance needs pile up

The city of Durango has applied for funding to help cover the cost of trail work and other maintenance projects after a season of “record-breaking” use, largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

McMillan Peak: ‘A treasure to be shared’

Before writing this column, I checked in with Betsy Petersen. She has been climbing McMillan Peak near Red Mountain Pass on various routes for 20 years and has introduced the mountain to more than...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Durango’s Sigle ready to relive Eco-Challenge Fiji on Amazon Prime Video

Shane Sigle will sit down on his couch and relive one of the most grueling races of his life from the comfort of his home in Durango. Millions more across the world will get a glimpse, too. Sigle...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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 | 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 | 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

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