Debra Van Winegarden

Position: Special to the Herald

Incomparable Uncompahgre Peak

If you are going to climb a Colorado fourteener this summer, why not go big? At elevation 14,309 feet, Uncompahgre Peak is the highest point in the San Juan Mountains. The first recorded ascent...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Hematite Basin: Lake, Flowers and Peaks

Submerge yourself in a riot of flowers while hiking to Arctic blue Hematite Lake. A few miles east of Silverton, this trail will present a superb wildflower tour through mid-August. Satiated by...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Natural sandstone arches of New Mexico

Perhaps you have heard tell of hidden natural sandstone arches in northern New Mexico, and among them a free-standing thin ribbon of rock. Anasazi Arch rises from its mother stone in a perfect...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Break out the hiking shoes at Barnroof Point

It is time to hit the dirt. It has been a big, long winter, and the lofty mountains of Southwest Colorado are inaccessible. But there is one open for business, one you probably have not thought of....

DATE: June 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

The treasure of Durango’s Hidden Valley hike

Hidden Valley is happening. It is a beloved treasure located only a few miles northwest of Durango. The suspended valley is almost 500 feet higher than the Animas River, separated by a north-south...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

A realm of possibilities for climbing, hiking Lizard Head

Lizard Head, a vertical pillar of crumbling unstable rock, is Colorado’s most difficult and dangerous summit climb. Albert Ellingwood and Barton Hoag made the first multi-pitch technical ascent in...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Alpine passage connects Molas to Coal Bank

The trail system from Molas Pass to Coal Bank Pass, closed during the 416 Fire, reopened with celebratory fanfare. Cross-state hikers on the Colorado Trail are now completing journeys from Denver...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Discover Neon Canyon and Golden Cathedral in the Utah desert

Imagine descending a massive sandstone slab, fording a mighty tributary of the Colorado River, walking up a canyon whose perpendicular walls glisten and entering the Golden Cathedral, a deep...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Murphy Hogback in Utah is infinite Earth

Moab clears out in winter and motels advertise rock-bottom prices. In a mere three hours, transition from Colorado snow country to Utah’s rough-hewn rock wilderness. Of all the trail hikes in...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Double duty at Arches

MOAB, Utah – When I first rolled into Moab, Edward Abbey was alive, the streets were dirt, and it was off-season all year. Today, the quiet period is reduced to a mere sliver of annular time, and...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Living

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