The Rainbow Trail

By Mike Rosso The Rainbow Trail, which celebrates its 101st birthday this year, could well be seen as an allegory for the various uses and controversies surrounding Colorado forest lands over the past century. At just over 101 miles long, it spans four counties – Saguache, Chaffee, Fremont and Custer – and ends at the […]

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New Trails: The Little Rainbow

 By Christopher Kolomitz The Little Rainbow Trail outside of Salida stretches about 7.5 miles, from the east flank of Methodist Mountain near the Burmac road, to west of CR 110 where the trail ends at Sand Gulch. About 1,500 feet lower in elevation, wider and more intermediate than its big brother, the Little Rainbow is […]

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A Place of Blessings

By Dave Cruson Most people in Central Colorado would be hard-pressed to find the Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, a hidden treasure in its midst. Most Lutherans in Colorado, New Mexico, the Rocky Mountain region, and even from Texas, Minnesota, and yes, Madagascar, would be hard-pressed to know why. Before small highway signs for Rainbow Trail […]

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A Joyful Journey from Hot Springs City

By Mike Rosso Isolation is often the first impression when arriving at Joyful Journey Hot Springs. The resort, located south of Villa Grove in the northern San Luis Valley, consists of a modern hotel, health spa, geodesic greenhouse, hot soaking pools, yurts and teepees. It resides amidst vast fields of rabbitbrush and sage. To the […]

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About the Cover Photographer: Tom Purvis

Salida resident Tom Purvis is one of the three founding members of Salida Mountain Trails, begun nearly 10 years ago. He was the director of SMT from 2007 through 2009. He has been working as a volunteer, doing trail maintenance and advocacy, for almost 20 years. Tom is a lifelong cyclist, having ridden his first […]

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Fleece to Fiber to Fabric

By Judith Reese Love’s labor is not lost on fiber artists. The ancient lure of wool craft and quiet handiwork seems to feed their very souls. It’s summer, and as September’s Salida Fiber Festival approaches, some of the most passionate weavers, ranchers, knitters, dyers, shearers, quilters and spinners from across Central Colorado have invited me […]

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Rocks Along the Rainbow

By Vince Matthews The Rainbow Trail affords an outstanding opportunity to travel through deep time. The trail wends around two of Colorado’s youngest mountain ranges, which together contain 25 of the State’s 58 Fourteeners. The footpath traverses parts of Earth’s crust that record much of Colorado’s 2-billion-year-old history. Faults and folds along the trail record […]

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The Natural World

By Tina Mitchell Wildfire and wildlife – what’s the first image that comes to your mind? I’m seven years old, sitting in a darkened movie theater, watching the fire scene in the Disney animated classic Bambi. Birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and our protagonist deer all flee through scorching embers, swirling smoke, and crashing, flaming branches. […]

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Memories from the Rainbow Trail

By Hal Walter Back in the day, my friend Paul and I would head out before light from the BackEdge cabin which he owns at the Gibson Creek Trailhead on the Rainbow Trail. We’d hike northward on the Rainbow in the autumn moonlight reflecting on the skiff of snow, through the big open meadow and […]

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Somewhere on the Rainbow

The Central Colorado region is fat with backcountry trails. From the Collegiate Range, the Sawatch, the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area, White River National Forest, the West Elks and much more, there is no lack of recreational opportunities for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. So why this month are we featuring the Rainbow Trail? Well, for […]

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At Home in the Heart of the Rockies

By Martha Quillen Ed Quillen was the sort of person who always knew what he wanted to do and proceeded accordingly. When Ed called to ask me out for the first time, he asked me what I’d like to do. I told him there was a movie I’d like to see, but he took me […]

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News from the San Luis Valley

A “Tire-Some” Problem Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen requested County Land Use Manager Juan Altamirano to research the idea of holding a county-sponsored tire disposal day. Abandoned tires are not only trashy, they are potentially flammable environmental hazards and can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus or rodents that transmit […]

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Fluid Curiosities, Part Two

By John Mattingly Note: The second part of the water series will be brief (requiring reader participation) and will be followed by a Rainbow Trail postscript. Anyone who had the persistence to read my column last month to the end (I commend your patience) understands that, after discussing the particulars of a point of diversion, […]

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