Celebrate National Public Lands Day Saturday

Photo courtesy Annie Sewell
A cross-cut demo and branding with the San Juan Back Country Horsemen will be one activity offered at Public Lands Day this Saturday, Sept. 23.

By Brandon Caley
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Ranger District and Pagosa Area Trails Council will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, by offering a day of free music, food and family activities at Coyote Hill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Schedule of events
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — A variety of kid activities will be running throughout the day, including trail mix Bingo with Ranger Brandon, a cross-cut demonstration and branding with the San Juan Back Country Horsemen, fire safety with Smokey and other fun activities such as a scavenger hunt, nature T-shirts (bring your cotton, dark colored T-shirt) and a how do you play challenge.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Come meet our local celebrity Smokey Bear for fire safety and photo opportunities.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Join us for a picnic and barbecue with Smokey Bear and friends starting at 11:30 a.m. Bring your picnic basket, blanket or lawn chair along with additional food items. For the barbecue, hot dogs and burgers will be served for the first 100 people.
Noon to 1 p.m. — The San Juan String Band can’t be missed. The San Juan String Band combines their passion for the environment with love for music. They provide conservation education and environmental messages for the public.
The event will take place near the parking area on the right side of Piedra Road just after the first cattle guard. Additional parking may be available at the Turkey Springs Trailhead. Restroom facilities will be available. The event may be canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
“This is an event that celebrates our relationship with our public lands and people giving back to public lands we all own and love. Come on out to Coyote Hill on Saturday to get inspired, become aware and appreciate our beautiful San Juan National Forest we have in our backyard,” said Brandon Caley, who works in visitor services and interpretation and conservation education for the Pagosa Ranger District.
For more information on National Public Lands Day, please visit https://www.neefusa.org/public-lands-day.
For more specific information about the event, please contact Caley at bjcaley@fs.fed.us or 264-2268 or Stacy at info@StepOutdoorsColorado.com or 946-5001.

This story was posted on September 22, 2017.