Outdoors Briefs

Hike to take place in Sand Canyon

Larry Eads of San Juan Mountains Association will lead a hike from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 in Sand Canyon at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Participants will learn what the rocks can tell about the 200 million-year span of history visible in Sand Canyon. Explore the vegetative community in the canyon and find out what it shows us about environmental conditions past and present. Finally, learn about the people who have made the canyon vicinity their home over the last 1,000 years, about their lifestyle and how the climate, geology and vegetation were important to them.

Registration is required.

For more information and to register, call 759-1170 or email gabi@sjma.org.

Free fly-fishing classes to be offered

Fishheads of the San Juan River in Navajo Dam, N.M., will be offering free fly-fishing lessons as part of a nationwide program through Orvis retail stores.

Fly Fishing 101, which teaches the basics of casting and rigging, will be held Saturday and Sunday; May 26 and 27; and June 2, 3, 16, 17, 23 and 24.

Fly Fishing 201 takes students out on the water for a chance to catch their first fish. It will be offered May 19 and 20; June 9, 10 and 30; and July 1.

Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers will provide volunteer support and offer free memberships to their organizations.

Participants also will receive a $25 coupon off any purchase of $50 or more and other coupons good toward Orvis gear.

For more information, call Fishheads of the San Juan River at (505) 634-0463 or email chris@fisheadsofthesanjuan.com.

Bike swap to be held May 19 at Chapman Hill

The annual Durango DEVO Bike Swap will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 at Chapman Hill, 486 Florida Road.

Items for sale will include gently used mountain bikes, road bikes, kids bikes, cruisers and all kinds of gear and accessories.

For those interested in selling items, drop-off will be from 3 to 8 p.m. May 18 at Chapman Hill. Unsold equipment must be picked up from 8 a.m. to noon May 20; equipment not claimed by noon will be considered a donation to Durango DEVO.

Durango DEVO is a cycling program that teaches the love of cycling to kids. The organization strives to develop lifelong cyclists by leading rides and guiding kids through skill development, goal-driven curriculum, team camaraderie, sharing the trails and giving back to the community.

For more information, call Sarah Tescher at 779-8480 or Chad Cheeney at 764-5909.

Obstacle race to be held in Cortez

The inaugural Montezuma Mayhem Obstacle Race will be held May 19 at Montezuma-Cortez High School, 206 W. Seventh St. in Cortez.

Racers will run more than a mile with 10 obstacles to overcome and mini-fitness challenges along the way. The start times are from 1 to 2:40 p.m.

To register, visit the Pepperhead, Kokopellis Bike and Board or Cortez Cultural Center. Registration fee is $20.

For more information, email Bethany Carriger at bcarriger@cortez.K12.co.us or call 565-3722, ext. 152.

River festival seeking help for raft rides

Organizers of the Dolores River Festival are seeking help for the free raft rides to be offered to festival patrons June 2 on the “Town Run” section of the river.

The Lower Dolores Boating Advocates needs boats, boat captains, trucks with boat trailers, drivers and volunteers to help manage boat passengers for the raft rides.

Those who want to volunteer their time, equipment and skills are asked to call Lisa Allee at (970) 570-7936 or email lisaalleecnm@hotmail.com.

Independence Pass to open today

Independence Pass will open today.

Each year, the Colorado Department of Transportation sets a goal to get the pass open on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. Travelers are reminded to always check conditions before traveling mountain passes.

For road conditions or information, visit www.cotrip.org or call 511. Sign up to receive free road condition messages to email or wireless devices by visiting www.coloradodot.info and choosing the green phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.

Herald Staff