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

Injured man rescued from Wilson Peak near Telluride

A man was rescued last weekend after falling on Wilson Peak and suffering severe injuries, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office. The 30-year-old hiker took a “significant” fall on the east...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain bike park, controversial dirt bike route approved in Silverton

About 30 miles of new trails in Silverton geared at mountain biking were approved Monday, along with a controversial route for dirt bikes through the San Juan Mountains. Since June 2019, the Bureau...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man swims 9.5 miles of McPhee Reservoir

When endurance athlete Adam Lederer sought out a new long-distance challenge last year, he decided to swim the 9.5-mile length of McPhee Reservoir. And he did it at night, in rough water. “I was...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bakers Bridge, a rite of passage for many Durango youths, becomes restricted

The blue-green water and steep rock faces at Bakers Bridge have long drawn sunbathers, cliff jumpers and even actors Robert Redford and Paul Newman during the filming of “Butch Cassidy and the...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gear lending library up and running in Cortez

COVID-19 might have disrupted normal operations of almost everything this year, but the great outdoors is still readily available, and the School Community Youth Collaborative wants to help young...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Community

What can Congress do to support outdoor industry?

Though the pandemic has limited people’s ability to congregate in enclosed spaces for months, it has not stopped outdoor enthusiasts or those with cabin fever from getting outside. As the nation...

DATE: July 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Short-haul operations a specialty of Mesa Verde Helitack

If you are badly injured in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the rescue may include dangling from a fixed line attached to the Mesa Verde Helitack helicopter. Short-haul operations are a...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vandalism, trespassing at Bakers Bridge spark concern

The saying that “one person can ruin it for everyone” might become the unfortunate case at the popular Bakers Bridge hangout spot, where vandalism and trespassing have become an increasing problem....

DATE: June 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado reopens outdoor recreation, scenic trains and worship

San Juan Basin Public Health issued a public health order Friday for La Plata County allowing outdoor recreation businesses, gyms, recreational sports leagues and houses of worship to reopen under...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Entering a state wildlife area, like Perins Peak? You’ll need a hunting or fishing license

Starting July 1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will require anyone who enters a state wildlife area – like at Perins Peak, Bodo and Haviland Lake – to have a hunting or fishing license, a move...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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