Position: Gulliford's Travels

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Position: Special to the Herald

Exploring Tsankawi Ruin: Clues to an ancient culture found on New Mexico’s Parajito Plateau

In the penetrating heat of early July, storm clouds brewed to the south. Summer monsoons had yet to arrive in northern New Mexico. The temperature stood at 95 degrees as I left the truck with full...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Making Ute history live The enduring legacy of Clifford Duncan

Clifford Duncan passed away this winter, and with his passing went centuries of Ute cultural knowledge about land and landscape. A World War II veteran in his 80s living in Neola, Utah, near Fort...

DATE: June 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Saving Saguache: Life takes root in an old town

Set in the northern San Luis Valley, Saguache served as one of the early gateways to the San Juans and the Western Slope. When Durango was just a twinkle in railroad baron Gen. William Palmer’s...

DATE: May 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Blood and struggle in Ludlow

At the turn of the 20th century, Colorado offered better protection for the donkeys and mules that worked in mines than for the miners themselves. Mules and donkeys were mandated by law to spend a...

DATE: April 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Hoodoo heaven

Who knew you could leave Durango and drive to the planet Mars? Visiting the Bisti wilderness south of Farmington certainly has the feel of another planet. Maybe that’s why 60 percent of the annual...

DATE: March 14, 2014 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

All eyes to the sky

I love watching hawks, especially red-taileds in the Southwest, and I love watching peregrines, ospreys and eagles wherever I can find them. Imagine scanning skies with binoculars looking for...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Route 66: Finding the Mother Road

I had the ride, but not the road. I was living in Tennessee, and I’d bought my dream car, a Big Bird or 1963 pearl white Thunderbird complete with a 390-cubic-inch Ford V-8 engine, brushed aluminum...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

One last sunset

Many of us are attracted to nature, expansive views and wild settings. This year millions of Americans will come west to visit our national parks, have a family vacation and make personal memories....

DATE: July 19, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

Leaving Silt behind

We moved to Silt on the Western Slope in the summer of 1976. I began my academic career as a fourth-grade teacher. My girlfriend, whom I’d met in San Francisco, had complained about Colorado...

DATE: June 14, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

It’s a tree – how about a hug?

OK. I admit it. I’m a tree hugger, but I am not profligate in my affections. Only certain species receive my embrace. I can’t remember when I started hugging trees, but I’ve always admired them,...

DATE: May 23, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

The Virgin never leaves Hispanic roadside shrines dot the mystic West

Driving across the mystical West, it is important to say a prayer, leave an offering, think of others. The Spanish phrase is “vaya con Dios,” or “go with God.” North of Abiquiu, N.M., is a roadside...

DATE: April 19, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

A stone garage's weird story

OURAY - Driving across Colorado and the West, I see historic buildings or structures that compel me to get out of my truck and take a walk. For years, I've driven between Silverton and Ouray and...

DATE: March 16, 2013 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

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