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Ranger district announces interpretive walks for September

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. We are winding down for fall, but still have a few excellent opportunities for forest visitors.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. take a geology tour of Ice Cave Ridge with Glenn Raby. Take a relatively easy walk of less than 2 miles round trip through an interesting bit of forest. Meet at the Piedra River Trailhead northwest of Pagosa Springs. From U.S. 160, go north on Piedra Road for about 14 miles. The trailhead is on the left a few hundred yards beyond the crossing of the Piedra River. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. You may wish to bring a picnic lunch.

Enjoy The Last Days of Summer with Susan Halabrin, Thursday, Sept. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Long before gardens fade in Pagosa Springs, the animals and plants of the alpine and subalpine prepare for the snow and harsh winter months to come. On an easy walk at high elevation along the Continental Divide Trail, join Susan Halabrin to explore the special adaptations required for living in the high country. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. This program is limited to 20 participants. For more information and to reserve a spot, call Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.

On Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. you have a second chance to take a geology tour of Ice Cave Ridge with Glenn Raby. Take a relatively easy walk of less than 2 miles round trip through an interesting bit of forest. Meet at the Piedra River Trailhead northwest of Pagosa Springs. From U.S. 160, go north on Piedra Road for about 14 miles. The trailhead is on the left a few hundred yards beyond the crossing of the Piedra River. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. You may wish to bring a picnic lunch.

To register for limited walks or for more information, contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.