Day in the Life

Surf's Up!
Surf's Up!

As mid-elevation snow melts its way into the Animas River, how refreshing it is to see a few thousand CFS of turbid water making its journey south to New Mexico.

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Crosses to bear
Crosses to bear

Hand-written notes, flowers, colorful inscriptions and various mementos stretch along a desert highway, hinting at sad stories and too-soon endings. 

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It's Snow Joke
It's Snow Joke

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” Hall of Fame baseball catcher Yogi Berra once said. That’s a sentiment no one can argue with in these parts. According to Snotel, as of April 12, we are sitting at 153 percent of average snowpack in the San Juans.

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Slippery When Wet
Slippery When Wet

What could be a better way to squander a beautiful, warm spring weekend than to spend it sloshing through an icy, water-filled canyon where the non-appearance of direct sunlight is the only guarantee?

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Salty Dawgs
Salty Dawgs

A few thousand CFS of cold, clean, snowmelt roaring through one of the driest climates in the United States is a sight to behold.

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Etched in Stone
Etched in Stone

With tens of thousands of Ancestral Puebloan sites spanning the Four Corners, rock art decorates countless desert-varnished boulders and cliff walls. These ancient etchings conjure tales that almost seem best left to the imagination.

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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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