Day in the Life

Horizon lines
Horizon lines

On a recent trip to Cedar Mesa’s Muley Point, both sunrise and sunset gave way to an incredible display of some of Southeastern Utah’s finest vistas.

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It's Aliiiiive!
It's Aliiiiive!

For most of the year, the idyllic waters of the Animas Animas turns into a heaving, surging, icy torrent of fresh River flow lazily downstream, meandering through snowmelt.

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Strainer things
Strainer things

As the Animas River once again roars to life, the features that define its rushing waters follow suit. Common along its boulder- strewn banks are piles of debris and detritus that create what is effectively known as a strainer.

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Wet and wild
Wet and wild

This past month has seen more than its share of brooding skies and torrential downpours. 

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Cyclists of the Iron Horse: A Field Guide
Cyclists of the Iron Horse: A Field Guide

It’s everyone’s favorite bike-frenzied weekend, the 48th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic!

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Painted Desert
Painted Desert

At an abandoned gas station on the Navajo Nation in Black Mesa, Ariz., the building may be empty but the walls are full of life.

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First blush
First blush

The lower Animas Valley all the way to New Mexico is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. 

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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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