By CMC Conservation Director Julie Mach Have you hiked the Decalibron? Did you know you that you were surrounded by private property? Did you know what is public land and what is not? Did you know that if you enter … Continued
By Bella Biondini If you enjoy recreating on Colorado’s 23 million acres of public land, the CMC RIMS app puts the power of data collection into your hands to make trails safer and more sustainable. The Colorado Mountain Club in … Continued
By Conservation Director Julie Mach Two new staff joined the CMC Conservation Department this winter to help the Forest Service manage winter recreation in the San Juan Mountains. Chris Snell and Kricket Scheerer are our new Snow Rangers and we … Continued
By Sarah Barringer After working two seasons on the Colorado Mountain Club Stewardship Crew, I was constantly surrounded in beetle kill. Over the course of many hitches, my crew and I cut hundreds of fallen trees on the trail. Our … Continued
Face caked in dirt and glistening from sweat, Sarah turns to me and says “this is the best milkshake I’ve ever had.” She, Dom, and I laugh and let out a synchronized sigh of sweet relief. We have just completed … Continued
There’s been a lot of talk around policy and public lands lately. As citizens of Colorado, lovers of the mountains, and seekers of the wild, we’re all concerned with public lands’ protection. Staying informed is one of the best ways to ensure their longevity. With that, here’s a brief on what’s happening in the news and why it matters to Coloradans:
To my dearest Public Lands,
I have never felt this way about anyone, or anything, else. My love for you is as deep as your flowing rivers, as vast as your deserts, as mighty as your tallest peaks. Your varied nature, ever-changing seasons and multifaceted landscapes fill me with immense and boundless happiness.
Throughout the season, the Stewardship Team had the opportunity to lead projects in trail maintenance, construction, and restoration. Many long days were filled crosscutting in the Raggeds Wilderness and San Isabel National Forest, monitoring trail conditions on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, building dams in the Rio Grande Natural Area, gathering trail-use data for the Salida Ranger District, and installing post-and-cable fencing in Badger Flats to close off unsustainable roads.
by Curtis Beutler CMC Stewardship Team Late August is a special time to be in Colorado’s Alpine regions, cool nights and mornings coupled with fairly consistent weather make for ideal conditions for thru hikers and peak baggers alike. Whether it’s … Continued