Forest walks and talks offered

By Brandon Caley
Special to The SUN

“Predator and Prey, or Who Eats Whom?” is set for Thursday, Aug. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Join Donovan and Jill Porterfield for some fun, family outdoor adventure. Explore easily accessible areas of beautiful mountain woods while learning more about a unique and wonderful place — the San Juan National Forest.

The adventure begins at the parking area on the left side of Piedra Road just after the first cattle guard, about 6 miles north of U.S 160. Bring a picnic if you and your family would like to join Donovan and Jill for lunch after the walk.

Children of all ages are welcome to join the fun. All walks will be short in length, but long in careful observation and discovery. Please leave your four-legged friends home, and all children must be joined by an adult.

This will be the last Family Adventures in the Woods this summer. Don’t miss out. We might be visited by a special furry friend. For additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268 or stop by at the front desk. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 180 Pagosa St.


One of the many benefits of summer rains in Pagosa Country is the emergence of a wide variety of mushrooms in the evergreen forest. A slow-paced walk to identify mushroom species up near the Fourmile trailhead will take place Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. No reservations are required for this hike.

Directions: Turn northeast on Lewis Street from U.S. 160, then left on 5th Street (which becomes Fourmile Road). Follow Fourmile Road (County Road 400/FDR 645) for 13 miles to its end at the trailhead. We plan to meet at the upper parking lot. Trailhead elevation is 9,200 feet.

For additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District.

Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Sturdy footwear is recommended for those attending walks, and bring plenty of water to drink.


This story was posted on August 14, 2014.