Pagosa Ranger District schedules June events

The Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest provides free, entertaining interpretive and informational programs for the public at various times and locations during the summer. There are a number of programs currently scheduled for June.

We are excited to provide family walks on Saturday mornings in June with a focus on children in the woods.

On Saturdays, June 13, June 20 and June 27 at 9:30 a.m., you can take Family Walks in the Woods with Jill and Donovan Porterfield. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. Bring your own lunch if you would like to join Donovan and Jill to picnic after the walks.

You will learn about the trees and plants of the forest on June 13 with activities for children (of all ages). Meet at the parking area on the left at the end of the pavement on Piedra Road about 5.5 miles north of U.S. 160.

On June 20, you will learn about some of the animals of the forest with activities for children (of all ages). Meet at Coal Creek Trailhead on Fawn Gulch Road (No. 666). From Pagosa Springs, go northeast on U.S. 160 about four miles, turn east on Fawn Gulch Road. Drive about four miles on the gravel road to the trailhead on your left.

You will learn about the homes and habitats of forest and its critters on June 27. Meet at the parking area on the right at the end of the pavement on Piedra Road about 5.5 miles north of U.S. 160

On Friday, June 26 at 9 a.m., we present The Forest Tells a Story. Take a driving and walking tour of the changing forest in the Turkey Springs area with Susan Halabrin. Susan is intrigued by the way landscapes in Colorado change over time in response to disturbance. A student of plant ecology, biochemistry, and physical geography, she is a former biology instructor for Front Range Community College in Boulder County with expertise in wildflower identification, fire ecology and ecosystems. This program is limited to 15 participants. For more information and to reserve a spot, call Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.

Glenn Raby, geologist, recently retired from the Forest Service. The good news is that he will be leading several geology tours during the summer, including a tour of the East Fork Slide in July (date to be announced).

On Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m. Raby will lead: The Big Bang Tour: a geology tour of the Wolf Creek Valley. Learn how Pagosa country came to be—the geologic history of our area from the beginning of the Earth to today. This area already survived the biggest volcanic blast on Earth. What might the future hold? Meet Glenn behind the Arts Council building in Town Park on Hermosa Street in Pagosa Springs. This is a driving tour with a short hike at Wolf Creek Pass overlook at the end of the tour and typically continues until 4 p.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather and bring water, lunch or a snack. Bring a rock hammer and hand magnifying glass if you have them.

On Tuesday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m., take A Walk Back in Time with Phyllis Wheaton. On this walking tour, you will visit the location of a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps camp and the homestead era Provancher (Murray) Ranch. For this moderate walk (about 3.5 miles round trip), we will meet at the entrance to the Blanco River Picnic Area. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. Go south from Pagosa Springs about 11 miles on U.S. 84 to Blanco River Road (No. 656), turn east and follow the gravel road about 2.5 miles to its end.

For these outdoor programs, be prepared for any kind of weather. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, rain gear, and appropriate shoes. For more information, contact Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.