Outdoor recreation

McPhee Reservoir reopens after forest closure lifted

Some public lands near the Burro Fire will remain closed, even as the San Juan National Forest reopened to the public at Thursday after rescinding the Stage 3 closure order that has been in place...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Trail Days will celebrate the outdoors

The annual Colorado Trail Days celebration will still be held this year, even as much of the outdoors space in La Plata County is closed to the public. “The mountain landscape and outdoor...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | UPDATED: 6 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces closure of some wildlife areas

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Tuesday that some State Wildlife Areas in Southwest Colorado have closed to all public access. Several water-based wildlife areas and two state parks remain...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango recreation economy feels heat from smoke, land closures

Outdoor recreational opportunities are becoming somewhat limited as a result of poor air quality and public land closures in Southwest Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday closed the San...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

2018 Cortez Burst Triathlon to kick off series of summer races

This year’s Cortez Burst Triathlon will be the city’s ninth, and the first Burst to be officially included in a series of triathlons on the Western Slope. The triathlon, held on the Fourth of July...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Sports

Fort Lewis College raising funds to buy river company

Fort Lewis College is raising private funds to purchase a river rafting company, which would be used by faculty and students for academic and recreational trips. If the deal goes through, the...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ewing Mesa envisioned as a recreational, cultural mecca

Durangoans would have a new 1,800-acre cultural, athletic and recreational wonderland if plans envisioned for Ewing Mesa, now dubbed Durango Mesa by the city, come to fruition. The three major...

DATE: May 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez parks board unveils completed pickleball courts

After more than a year of planning and construction, the city of Cortez is almost ready to unveil its last completed parks project from 2017. The new pickleball courts at Centennial Park, scheduled...

DATE: May 21, 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

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