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 Coloradan’s pursuit of a Mount Everest ghost

Explorer, author and professional climber Mark Synnott is standing in steep, loose rock about to step off the roped route on the top of Mount Everest. He’s about to leave the well-worn path above a...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Coronavirus has led to crowds and ‘knuckleheads’ on public lands

There is something called the “knucklehead factor” in the algorithm of public land management. While never spoken of publicly, federal land managers talk among themselves about the challenges of...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Hunting, fishing licenses required (even if you don’t hunt or fish) for hundreds of Colorado wildlife areas

The Colorado Wildlife Commission in late April approved new licensing rules for visitors to the 350-plus State Wildlife Areas and nearly 240 State Trust Lands. “We are seeing a lot of unintended...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

John Peel releases new edition of ‘Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado’

It was time for an update. Durango writer John Peel will introduce the fifth edition of the highly popular guidebook “Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado” on Tuesday during a special virtual...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Burn the legs on Burnt Timber Trail

As mountains make ready for summer, this early-season hike will get you in shape for ever higher and longer treks. Three choices are presented at increasing levels of effort and elevation. They all...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to allow fishing, expanded hunting

Southern Colorado’s Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge plans to open sections of land along the Rio Grande River to fishing and expand the allowed acreage for hunting on its protected lands. It is...

DATE: April 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Ouray Ice Festival evolves from humble roots, driven by climber community

OURAY – The area beyond the lower bridge over the Uncompahgre Gorge buzzed with activity. Herds of people decked out in helmets and mountaineering boots wandered a maze of colorful tents, where...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Incomparable Uncompahgre Peak

If you are going to climb a Colorado fourteener this summer, why not go big? At elevation 14,309 feet, Uncompahgre Peak is the highest point in the San Juan Mountains. The first recorded ascent...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Hematite Basin: Lake, Flowers and Peaks

Submerge yourself in a riot of flowers while hiking to Arctic blue Hematite Lake. A few miles east of Silverton, this trail will present a superb wildflower tour through mid-August. Satiated by...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Purgatory to host Ska/Zia Town Series Enduro MTB Races

Purgatory Resort will host the Ska/Zia Town Series Purg Enduro races from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 21. During the two nights of gravity racing, Purgatory will extend Lift 1 operations...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

San Juan Mountains Association to host teen backpacking trip

San Juan Mountains Association will host a teen backpacking trip for ages 13 to 17 from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9 through the Burro Fire burn area. Teens will learn backcountry skills as well as lessons...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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