Hiking

Livingston: Forest closure, 416 Fire hit hard, but we can be inspired

I’m sad. Our San Juan National Forest is closed because of the 416 Fire, the Burro Fire and extreme drought. Our local trails, reservoirs and BLM land, all closed. The access points to my favorite...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Sports

Updated: Want to do something outside? Here’s what’s open (and closed)

Extreme fire danger has prompted mass closures of trails, Forest Service land and city open spaces. But not all of Durango’s outdoor playgrounds are closed; many trails and recreation areas remain...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos seeks increased access to BLM lands

The Bureau of Land Management is considering proposals for additional trails and parking lots on public land in the Mancos area. Abut 50 residents attended a community meeting to view maps and get...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

The great west block traverse of the La Plata Mountains

Located at the southern end of the great western block of the La Plata Mountains exists an extraordinary and sustained ridgeline traverse. Summit four named peaks and three prominences while taking...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Historic coal chute awaits hikers in Illium Valley

In the Illium Valley, just over Lizard Head Pass, visitors can hike a segment of the Galloping Goose trail to a historic railroad coal station. The restored Vance Junction coal chute is the only...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Durango man dies after fall on Animas City Mountain

A Durango man died Monday after falling from a ledge at the north end of Animas City Mountain. Phillip Clark, 31, and a friend were hiking Sunday when they stopped at the end of a trail to take...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘History, Hikes, Hops’ takes readers on a Colorado beer adventure

Craft brew guru and author Ed Sealover is the guy you want to have a tall frosty one with at the bar. Just be ready beforehand, or afterward, to go visit a historical site or have an outdoor...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new route to an old favorite, from Turtle Lake to Animas Overlook

One of the great pleasures in hiking is finding new routes to old favorite areas. Last December, a friend turned me on to a trail that utilizes a thin swath of BLM property to connect La Plata...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Volunteers pitch in to improve Cortez’s Geer trail network

About 20 volunteers armed with picks, scrapers and shovels rerouted trail sections at the Geer Natural Area in Cortez on Saturday, then enjoyed a barbecue lunch. The event was sponsored by the city...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Phil’s World serves up new entree – the Poquito Burrito

Long-awaited new trail construction has begun at Phil’s World, despite a pending appeal of the project. The Tres Rios office of the Bureau of Land Management approved 22.5 miles of additional...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Silverton begins cataloging trail network

Silverton is taking a major step in getting its network of trails in order. Louis Fineberg, Silverton’s town manager, said Tuesday that the town hadn’t updated its travel plan since 2004, which...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Forest approves 25 miles of trails at Boggy Draw

In the next five years, expect more nonmotorized trails to appear in the Boggy Draw recreation area north of Dolores. A final plan for 25 additional miles of trails was approved by the San Juan...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News