Browns Canyon National Monument, The Reef Sunday, May 7 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Browns Canyon National Monument, just designated in 2015, forms an iconic landscape of rugged rock outcroppings, backcountry forests, and scenic mountain vistas in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. Join us for a hike in Browns to the unique geological feature: The Reef formation, a long and distinctive face of exposed rock formed by welded tuff, pyroclastic lava and ash flows, and erosion. This easy-to-moderate on-and-off trail hike of 5 miles and elevation gain of 500 feet begins near the historic town of Turret, located just north of Salida, CO. This trip is co-sponsored by Friends of Browns Canyon and Wild Connections.
You will learn more about this national treasure and similar local public lands. Plan on packing a lunch and snacks, plenty of water, layers of clothing, rain gear, sturdy boots, and your standard hiking essentials. We will initially meet in Salida at 8:00 AM, at Sand Lake SWA (8720 Co Rd 175, Salida, CO 81201), where we will carpool to the trailhead. Please let us know if you have a 4x4 vehicle that you can caravan to the Trailhead. Maximum 12 Wild Connections participants. For more trip and carpool information and to register, contact John Sztukowski, 817-939-4239 or e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM, Saturday, May 6.
Looking down into Churcharas Canyon. Photo courtesy BLM.
Cucharas Canyon Hike A BLM Wildlands Outing Sunday May 28, 2017 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Optional trailhead car camp recommended for Saturday night, May 27 The Cucharas River Canyon, east of Walsenburg and I-25, is unique among Colorado BLM lands. It is a prairie canyon with rugged cliffs, diverse wildlife, and remnants of early ranching history. The river canyon and side valleys have been identified by Wild Connections and BLM as Lands With Wilderness Characteristics. This moderately strenuous, on-and-off-trail, 6-mile hike with 650 feet elevation gain explores the north portion of the canyon. We will learn about the LWC program and how citizens can get involved in planning the future of BLM lands.
Due to travel time from metro areas, trailhead car camping on Friday night is recommended. Maximum 15 participants. For more trip, camping, and carpool information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or e-mail email@example.com by 5:00 pm, Friday, May 26.
Trips are sponsored by Wild Connections in cooperation with Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition and/or Conservation Colorado and Friends of Browns Canyon. All times are trailhead to trailhead. Maximum 15 participants.
CLIMATE MARCH IN DENVER
Wild Connections was there!
John Sztukowki and Misi Ballard staffed the Wild Connections booth at the Climate March
Celebrate Colorado's First Public Lands Day Saturday May 20th
Lizard Rock. Photo Kids Hike Colorado, thegozes
Lizard Rock, Tarryall Mountains Saturday May 20 Time TBA Hike in the Tarryall Mountains with Josh Voorhis of the South Park Ranger District. Family friendly (10+ years) moderate out and easy back 4.5 mile hike through an aspen forest to the Lizard Rock formation. Kids will get a Nature Hunt brochure to challenge their curiosity and observation skills while hiking. Contact Misi Ballard, 303-884-7640 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm Thursday May 18 to register.
Little Foutain Creek from Gray Back Peak. Photo Rick Shann
Gray Back Peak in Beaver Creek Proposed Wilderness Saturday, May 20 1:45 to 5:00 pm Hidden behind Cheyenne Mountain and towering over a wooded valley lies a long ridge topped by Gray Back Peak. Moderate half-day, trail hike of 5 miles with 650 feet gain in elevation. Learn about the Little Fountain Creek roadless area, part of a proposed Wilderness for Pikes Peak. Contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or email email@example.com by 5:00 pm, Friday, May 19.
Happy Hour at Triple S Brewing From 5 - 8 pm. Part of the proceeds will go to Wild Connections to support our conservation programs. Triple S Brewing is located at 318 E Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs.
Wild Connections 2168 Pheasant Place, Colorado Springs CO 80909 firstname.lastname@example.org