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Interpretive walks and talks in July

By Brandon Caley
Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Ranger District announces free programs through July 12. Walks and talks take place in and around the San Juan National Forest unless otherwise noted in the program description. Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Sturdy footwear is recommended for those attending walks, and participants should bring plenty of water to drink.

Wild about wildflowers

On Thursday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, take a slow-paced wildflower identification hike with Susan and Dean Dussel on the Continental Divide Trail from the top of Wolf Creek Pass to the Rock Garden and beyond. Elevation gain to the Rock Garden is 800 feet. As many as 80 different wildflowers may be found.

Meet Susan and Dean at the interpretive sign at Wolf Creek Pass. Wear hiking shoes/boots. Bring rain gear and a bag lunch. If you have a two-way radio, please bring it. The hike is limited to 15 participants. Contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268 to sign up.

A walk back in time

On Saturday, July 12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., take a walk back in time to visit the location of a 1930’s 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. Travel south from Pagosa approximately 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 additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268 or stop by and pick up a free walks and talks brochure at the front desk. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 180 Pagosa St.

This story was posted on July 3, 2014.