A poisonous past: At Monticello Mill, the story of uranium’s deadly legacy

Tourists flock to Monument Valley, Utah, where red sandstone spires of the Mitten Buttes rise above desert sands. Publicity promotions of that iconic geology omit reference to the two nearby...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Marie Ogden's search for truth in the Utah desert

In 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, 49-year-old Marie Ogden, a spiritualist and millennial Christian, moved to Dry Valley in San Juan County, Utah, to establish a religious colony and...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Phantom Ranch: Mary Colter’s oasis in the Grand Canyon

Anyone who has hiked the Bright Angel Trail off the Grand Canyon’s South Rim knows the pleasure 9 miles below of finding Phantom Ranch. How the ranch got there, who planted the first trees and who...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Grand visions in the New Mexico desert

Historians love birthdays and anniversaries, and southern New Mexico is celebrating a big one. It’s been a century since the Bureau of Reclamation constructed the Elephant Butte Dam under terms of...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

La Plata Pioneers: Aspass family settled in 1870s

At the beginning of La Plata County history, even before Colorado statehood in 1876, the Hans Aspaas family was here. Over the next 140 years, family members moved across the county. One son...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

‘On the Wild Edge’ chronicles writer’s evolution

The scattered remnants of the 1960s generation have mostly grown older, softer and lost their cutting edge. Not so for writer, conservationist and bow-hunter David Petersen, who moved with his...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Couple's love story inspires legacy of Tres Piedras

“There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land,” wrote Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac. As one of the 20th century’s top...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

From the archive: Lister looks on career fondly

Editor’s note: This column was first published in 2011. Florence Lister died at her home in Mancos on Sunday, Sept. 4. She was 96. MANCOS — Florence Lister’s distinguished career in Southwestern...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Secrets of the Saguache stone snakes: A remarkable mystery endures

There are secrets in the San Luis Valley at the northern edge of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. One of the most interesting is the riddle of large stone snakes, who built them, when and why. I...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Sheepherder Pacomio Chacon: An artist among the aspens

In researching sheep and public lands grazing across Colorado, I have seen hundreds of carved aspen trees or arborglyphs. But only one artist of the aspens truly stands out. His work enlivened the...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Son of O'Keeffe's chauffeur carves his own legacy in Abiquiu

ABIQUIU, N.M. — Made famous by the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, the village of Abiquiu hasn't changed much in the last few centuries.Thousands of visitors come each year to tour her home with its...

DATE: April 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

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