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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

19th-century fur trapper Denis Julien traveled against the current

Above the white sand beaches in Whirlpool Canyon lies a 19th-century secret lightly etched in ancient stone. Two initials and the date 1838 tell of a lost world and one man’s singular perseverance....

DATE: Dec. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

A century old, Dinosaur National Monument deserves additional protections

We launched our rafts on the Yampa River at Deer Lodge Park, lunched at Stubs Cabin, stayed at Ponderosa Camp and ran Little Joe and Big Joe rapids. On our second afternoon, we pulled into...

DATE: July 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Where pioneers are buried: La Plata County’s historic cemeteries

She was dying as she took her place on the wooden wagon. Wrapped in quilts and an oil cloth against the cold pelting rain, her relatives spoke urgently, encouraging the team of horses. But it was...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Where rocks have names: Running rapids on Western rivers

A rock is a rock is a rock, unless it is in the middle of a fast flowing river and you are about to smash into it with the front of your boat. In which case, you’re apt to give it a name. River...

DATE: May 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

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