Day in the Life

On the rocks
On the rocks

Strolling up the Colorado Trail from the Junction Creek Trailhead on a sunny, clear afternoon one might take notice of the subtle play of water, light and stone in the shallow pools and riffles found trailside.

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Etched in Stone
Etched in Stone

In the case of gravestones, symbols are often used to represent or commemorate a soul no longer among the living.

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Brown Town
Brown Town

It’s a unique time in the mountains before the snow comes.

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Total Slackers
Total Slackers

What started out as a method for rock climbers to hone their balance and concentration (and remain entertained on rest days), slacklining has evolved into a full-blown sport, if not art.

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Wandering on the Juan
Wandering on the Juan

Originating high in the alpine landscape of Colorado’s southern San Juan Mountains, the San Juan River carves its way 383 miles from mountain to desert, meandering into three states on its way to Lake Powell.

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True Colors
True Colors

Much to the delight of those who love the colors of autumn, this season is one for the books.

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Leave Only Footprints
Leave Only Footprints

Perhaps one of the more curious details left behind by the original inhabitants that once roamed the western Colorado and southern Utah landscape are the ancient hand and toe trails known as moki steps.

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Fading Light
Fading Light

With another summer season officially in the bag, the first day of autumn marks the Earth’s transition from equinox to solstice.

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Warm fuzzies
Warm fuzzies

What could be more uplifting than a herd of gentle-souled, multi-colored alpacas?

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High Times
High Times

The whimsical days of summer are nearing an end, but early September is arguably one of the best times of the year to romp through the hills (sans ski boots).

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The Ripe Stuff
The Ripe Stuff

Harvest season is all about fresh wild-foraged right here in the Animas food, family and friends.

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Rolling in the deep
Rolling in the deep

Hidden beneath subalpine meadows in Colorado’s Flattop Mountains lies a subterranean wonderland, the true extent of which has yet to be realized.

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Windows to the Past
Windows to the Past

The bustle of civilization surrounding the meandering Chaco Wash must have been a grandiose sight for travel-weary eyes between 850-1280 AD.

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Painted tundra
Painted tundra

Castilleja, or more commonly known as Indian paintbrush, is currently stealing the show among the lofty swaths of alpine tundra in our nook of the San Juans.

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Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High

Sometimes, there's nothing like a Colorado 14er to cure the summertime blues

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Light is Right
Light is Right

The father of adventure photography, Galen Rowell, said that “You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet.”

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Unplugged
Unplugged

Experiencing the free-flowing Animas River is a treat in any capacity. From angling to, yes, even inner-tubing, those who connect with the unbridled magic of mountain-fed waters will undoubtedly feel that there’s something incomparably special about an undammed river.

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Tourist Season: A Field Guide
Tourist Season: A Field Guide

The long-awaited regional return of the tourist has finally arrived!

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Appetite for destruction
Appetite for destruction

As the snow melts away, revealing the subalpine forest floor, it’s not hard to imagine the raw power exhibited by avalanches this past winter.

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Slopestyle
Slopestyle

Well, folks, we made it through another solstice, and it's all downhill from here. Downhill as in an easy, gentle coast through summertime

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