Summer Interpretive Programming Begins
Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk on June 17
The Pagosa Ranger District with the help of Lake McCullough from Earthsense will be kicking off their summer interpretive programming with a brand new program on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
On this walk we will explore early-season plants in the ponderosa pine ecozone. We will discuss identification, harvesting, preparation, and therapeutic uses. Be prepared for a 1.5 mile roundtrip walk on narrow woodlands trails. We will meet at Gate #3 off of Fremont Court.
Directions: Take Highway 160 to North Pagosa Blvd, traveling about 5 miles up North Pagosa Blvd. The road will divide, then both lanes will rejoin. At that point, make a sharp left turn, doubling back for 10 yards onto the southbound section of the road. Take the immediate next right, onto Coronado Circle. From there, take the first right to Fremont Court.
Bird walk: ‘Birding with Ben or Brandon’ at West Fork on June 20
The Pagosa Ranger District will be partnering with the Weminuche Audubon Society this summer for its 3rd year to offer the public a series of birding walks in and around the San Juan National Forest. No need to sign up, just show up. The first bird walk will be on Tuesday, June 20 from 7:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. See, hear, and learn about the birds found in Southwest Colorado, led by Ben Bailey from the Weminuche Audubon Society and Brandon Caley from the U.S. Forest Service. Bring your binoculars, water and wear layers. This is a free event open to all ages, birding abilities, and families.
Directions: Travel 15 miles northeast on Hwy 160 to West Fork Rd. (#648) on the left just before the Treasure Falls turnout. Drive down the West Fork Rd. and you will find parking just beyond the first bridge. Look for Ben from the Weminuche Audubon Society and Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service.
Guided Hike at Ice Cave Ridge June 21
Have you ever wondered what those strange cracks were on Ice Cave Ridge? Take a pleasant walk on Wednesday, June 21 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and join Rick and Lynne Stinchfield to “fissure out the past” and learn about the geology of Ice Cave Ridge and the Pagosa area. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. Please leave your 4-legged friends at home. This is a free program. No need to register, just show up!
Directions: Meet at the Piedra River Trailhead northwest of Pagosa Springs. From Highway 160, go north on Piedra Road (CR 600) for approximately 16 miles. The trailhead is on the left a few hundred yards beyond the crossing of the Piedra River.
For additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268 or stop by the office at 180 Pagosa St. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.