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Volunteers vital in effort to protect public lands

Last weekend, I hiked from spring back to winter. While the corn lilies and monument plants were pushing their leaves upward at the trailhead, I was soon in snow several feet deep. I follow...

Join the effort to make a positive impact on public lands

Carl Sagan once mused, “who are we, if not measured by our impact on others,” and as members of a thriving community and a dynamic ecosystem, we all have impacts on our surroundings and soci...

Nature Center reopens to public this month

The spring wind rushes across a plateau of rabbitbrush and Gambel oak as the gently flowing Florida River chatters over shallow rocks below. To the north, the monumental, snowy 14,090-foot p...

Stewardship of San Juans a priority through the seasons

It is another radiant, bluebird day in the San Juan Mountains, and 30 people are strapping on snowshoes in preparation for San Juan Mountains Association’s third interpretive ski and snowsho...

SJMA’s programs educate young people in the outdoors

A simple joy of life in Durango is to watch the sun pop up above Raider Ridge and douse the valley in golden light each morning. Lately, its emergence has been trending distinctly northward ...

San Juan Mountains a laboratory for the study of avalanches

San Juan Mountains Association works in cooperation with federal public lands partners to ensure visitors to the mountains enjoy the region’s grand views, beautiful hiking trails, world-clas...

Celebrate Christmas and support San Juan Mountains Association by buying a tree

Here at San Juan Mountains Association, we have experienced a bustling, exciting and fulfilling summer and fall. Whether it be our educators running science-based summer camps for youths, o...

Supporting wilderness and the immense value it provides

In his wildly popular 1968 book, Desert Solitaire, Ed Abbey claimed that “we need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there...

Students help with conservation work at Chicken Creek

In the foothills north of Mancos set against the backdrop of the prominent La Plata Mountains, you can find a web of trails meandering through ponderosa pines as far as the eye can see. Thi...

Wilderness Crew protects a majestic, powerful landscape

For the last two months, my office has been in the burn zones, alpine vistas, cow-filled meadows and log-strewn trails of the Weminuche Wilderness. As a member of the San Juan Mountains Asso...

Forest ambassador program shows positive impact on San Juan Mountains

As warm weather and a public eager to get outside returned to the San Juan Mountains this summer, forest ambassadors hit the trails representing San Juan Mountains Association and the San Ju...

Interpretive programs elevate your outdoor experience

After a year of canceled in-person events, social distancing and isolation, San Juan Mountains Association has restarted its free, outdoor interpretive programming. Over the years, SJMA has...