The Rusty Lung: Salida’s Newest Trail

By Mike Rosso Since 2006, a group of volunteers named Salida Mountain Trails (SMT) have been steadily increasing the number and quality of non-motorized, multi-use trails in the Salida vicinity. The latest addition to the extensive trail system harkens back to the early days of mountain biking in the area. Back in the 1980s, mountain […]

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Sheep’s Gulch Trail

by Ericka Kastner Some might call it “the trail that gets forgotten.” Most wilderness lovers traveling down County Road 390 near Granite are likely headed towards one of the many 14,000-foot peaks in the area. They’ve possibly never heard of Sheep’s Gulch Trail. At least I hadn’t until yesterday, literally. A friend and I were […]

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Happy Trails: The New Colorado Trail Basecamp

By Tyler Grimes “Mile for mile the beautiful trail in America,” boasts the Colorado Trail Foundation (CTF) of the 468-mile trail between Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango. Thousands hike the free-to-the-public trail, some day users, others straight through. “In 2015, there were 230 known CT completers, a hodgepodge of multi-year section doers and […]

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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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Colorado Rail Facts – May 2009

The Sargents Water Tank still stands in the village of Sargents (originally known as Marshalltown) on the east side of Monarch Pass. Built in 1937 to replace a smaller tank, the tank served the D&RGRR narrow-gauge line running up Marshall Pass. Originally there were tanks located every few miles along the tracks but the Sargents […]

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