Weminuche Wilderness

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‘Western Horseman’ features a La Plata County family

Nothing can beat the sweeping rugged scenery in the Weminuche Wilderness, and seeing it from horseback is a memorable experience. That experience is featured in the February issue of Western...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Report: Beetle kill expanding rapidly in southern Colorado

An annual report on forest health in Colorado revealed the spruce beetle epidemic continues to rapidly expand in the San Juan Mountains, killing trees on 12,000 newly identified acres in 2016. ...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Spruce beetle infestation crosses Continental Divide

The devastating spruce beetle infestation in the San Juan Mountains has crossed the Continental Divide, and within the next few years, will spread into the high country around Durango and...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Snow arrives, and two llamas remain missing above Vallecito Reservoir

Now that snow has arrived in the high country, the search for two missing llamas in the Weminuche Wilderness, northwest of Durango, has turned into a waiting game. “We just have to keep hoping...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Refuse left in wilderness a ‘never-ending’ problem

A full-size Winnebago RV, a commercial freezer with a case of beer inside, a snowmobile, a pop-up camper: All of these items and more have been left behind in the wilderness, and each year, U.S....

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Reported sightings, but no solid leads on missing llamas

The search for two missing llamas – aka Chai and Dawson – has included sporadic sightings and insightful intuitions of their wanderings, but nothing that has proved fruitful in the 1½-month pursuit...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Attempts to rescue lost llamas fail in Weminuche Wilderness

Efforts to capture two pack llamas that have been stranded for a month in the Weminuche Wilderness have so far been unsuccessful. The llamas, Dawson and Chai, accompanied two women who became lost ...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Women lost in wilderness ‘thought we were going to die’

Ronda Ramsier and Carol Powell, both nurses, talked about what it would be like to die from hypothermia. The grim conversation came on their second night spent lost in near-freezing temperatures...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Llamas fending for themselves in high country

Two llamas remained on the lam Thursday, four days after their two handlers were rescued by helicopter from the Weminuche Wilderness northeast of Vallecito Reservoir. Dawson and Chai should be fine...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Two women rescued after three nights in Weminuche Wilderness

With help from the military, rescue workers early Sunday located two women who spent three nights lost in the Weminuche Wilderness northeast of Vallecito Reservoir. La Plata County Search and...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Searchers credit father for keeping kids safe during Weminuche trek

An Arizona family vacationing in the Weminuche Wilderness Area came across a Bayfield family lost for two nights in the area and helped guide them to safety. Mike and Laura Hampshire were in the...

DATE: July 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Man, 3 children found safe by other hikers

As darkness fell and a thunderstorm moved into the Weminuche Wilderness on Monday, a Bayfield man and his three children, last seen Saturday, were brought by other hikers to safety. It was a happy...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News