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Banded Peaks country and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant

Banded Peaks country and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant

We have established that Cumbres Pass was the first pass across the south San Juan Mountains to be fully developed. This fact is important for our story featuring the history…

More history of Cumbres Pass

More history of Cumbres Pass

We continue this week describing the conditions prompting the finding and development of Cumbres Pass. The time was the early 1870s. During the early 1850s, the Army had fought a…

The history of Cumbres Pass

The history of Cumbres Pass

In last week’s column, we were on a journey to explore the Banded Peaks area comprising the southeastern corner of Archuleta County. We climbed into our vehicles and after motoring…

Reaching Banded Peaks Country

Reaching Banded Peaks Country

Several weeks ago, I started a column talking about the history of what I refer to as Banded Peaks Country — the extreme southeast corner of Archuleta County. Then, for…

‘A Bear and Two Tenderfeet’ continued

‘A Bear and Two Tenderfeet’ continued

We continue with the story of “A Bear and Two Tenderfeet” written by John Toner and published in The Pagosa Springs SUN in 1926. When we closed last week, Mr.…

‘A Bear and Two Tenderfeet’ continued

‘A Bear and Two Tenderfeet’ continued

We continue from last week with the story “A Bear and Two Tenderfeet” as told in 1926 by John Toner. “… it seemed to Mr. Toner that all was lost.…

John Toner’s bear encounter continued

John Toner’s bear encounter continued

We continue from last week with the story of “A Bear and Two Tenderfeet” as written by John Toner in 1926. “We wished to call the attention of the audience…

The story turns to Griz

The story turns to Griz

Fur trappers and mountain men entered Pagosa Country starting in the early 1820s. By the end of the 1830s, beaver trapping as a major industry had pretty much ended, largely…

Eyeball to eyeball with a bear

Eyeball to eyeball with a bear

I was eyeball to eyeball with a black bear at the close of last week’s column. Here’s what was going on. I’d been on a hike from a trail leading…

A hike in the South San Juan Wilderness

A hike in the South San Juan Wilderness

This week we return to our description of events that took place in the southeast corner of Archuleta County that I am loosely referring to as Banded Peaks Country. A…