Day in the Life

The golden hour
The golden hour

What else signals the arrival of spring better than experiencing canyon country’s finest hour?

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Hope springs eternal
Hope springs eternal

Chlorophyll makes a triumphant return to the Animas Valley! Yes, green pigment never looks as green as when the first leaves emerge from the icy depths of winter.

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Tierra Encantada
Tierra Encantada

It’s not difficult to find authentic culture here in the Southwest. Colored by Native, Hispanic and Spanish influence, the spectrum of people who are deeply connected to this region runs thicker than a muddy Rio Grande.

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Sands of time
Sands of time

The erosional oddities of Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness located south of Farmington attract desert lovers from near and far to explore its desolate nooks and crannies.

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Earth tones
Earth tones

Tired of looking at harsh, reflective white? Then feast your eyes on the gentler, subtler hues of winter. For most, winter brown is an acquired taste.

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Rollin' a fattie
Rollin' a fattie

The 5th annual Silverton Whiteout kicked off last Saturday as fat bikers from ’round the hood and beyond rode lap after lap on a well-groomed 9.2-mile loop for 10 straight hours.

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A bunch of comics: A look at the Snowdown that was
A bunch of comics: A look at the Snowdown that was

Well, there you have it folks. Durango’s 41st Snowdown celebration is in the bag. 

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Taking off the Chill
Taking off the Chill

With the shortest days of year in the rearview mirror, the sun a little higher and the days a little longer, our orientation toward the sun favors less chilly walks in the great outdoors, and certainly less GoreTex (on a nice day, of course.)

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Moon Dance
Moon Dance

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow cast by the sun.

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Snow birds
Snow birds

Winter birding in Durango? Most folks familiar with Southwest Colorado’s birding scene will tell you that spring is the game-on season, when our feathered friends start to return home from southern climes.

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Below the surface
Below the surface

I was going to do another photo-filled essay about mountains, snow and exciting winter recreation, but given the recent amount of shoveling, snow-blowing and terrifying avalanche conditions in the backcountry, I thought I’d give our readers a break from all that and go ahead and feature something completely different: CaCO3.

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Snowplace like home
Snowplace like home

Welcome back to the Animas Valley, Old Man Winter! It has been quite some time since we last had to unbury ourselves from a deep blanket of freshly fallen snow

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Cold Feat - checking out some of the San Juans' coolest lines
Cold Feat - checking out some of the San Juans' coolest lines

What could be more enthralling than climbing a frozen waterfall?

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Powder to the People
Powder to the People

There’s nothing quite like the San Juan Mountains freshly blanketed in snow.

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Leaving a mark
Leaving a mark

The bark of an aspen tree has long been the medium of choice for modern-day pictograph artists.

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Last Light: One last desert soiree before Old Man Winter moves in
Last Light: One last desert soiree before Old Man Winter moves in

The short days of November may offer a limited supply of daylight to those hoping to maximize their time out in the field, but there’s something precious about fitting in as much as one can between the rising and setting sun.

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S'no problem
S'no problem

There may be giant patches of bare naked ground out there in the mountains, but the early season strip of snow affectionately known as “Demon” skied pretty darn good this past weekend.

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Deep freeze
Deep freeze

As the sun crosses our sky at a softened angle, dipping ever so gently toward the Tropic of Capricorn, autumn will soon be a fleeting memory.

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Lost souls
Lost souls

Along a dusty side street in the Old Barrio near downtown Tucson, colorful, quaint buildings frame the crumbling remains of a 150-year-old adobe wall known as El Tiradito.

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Boo!
Boo!

“Hello? Who’s there?? What’s that noise?” Is that the spirit world gently rap-rap-rapping on your window?

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