Durango for Memorial Day Weekend – Your 2024 Guide
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by Kim Cassels
1w ago
Durango for Memorial Day Weekend – Your 2024 Guide for Things to Do Headed to Durango for Memorial Day Weekend? You’re not alone! With plenty of great events rolling around town, and good times to be had in the mountains, on the water, and the trails in between— it’s just too easy to have too much fun in Durango in the peak of spring.  Here’s what’s going on in Durango for Memorial Day Weekend for 2024, along with a slew of things to do if you’re new to the area, or you just need more places to check off the list!  Memorial Day Weekend Events Iron Horse Classic: Saturday May 25  ..read more
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9 Books to Empower Environmental Action in the Southwest and Beyond
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by Kim Cassels
3w ago
9 Books to Empower Environmental Action in the Southwest and Beyond To those who have stumbled across this book list, Happy Earth Day! Or any other day you happen to be here. As an outfitter of outdoor recreation that depends on Mother Nature, on a day dedicated to recognizing her vital need for protection, we thought to go with one of the things we do best— share the knowledge.  These books focus on themes of action that complement the impressive research of the authors. Because sometimes it feels like the Earth is too big for us to make an impact, but as the beloved conservationist Her ..read more
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Durango to Telluride in a Day – For San Miguel Rafters
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by Kim Cassels
1M ago
Durango to Telluride in a Day – For San Miguel Rafters  For Durango visitors who want to check out Telluride for the day (and partake in the righteous rafting supplied by the San Miguel River nearby) here’s a few how-to’s for enjoying the journey.  How far is Telluride from Durango?  Driving to Telluride from Durango takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on which route you choose. Going around the San Juan Mountains is naturally quicker, but going straight through them is of course wonderfully scenic. Here’s some details about the two options:  Shorter Route: Highway 160 to ..read more
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Rafting Season Forecast for 2024
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by Kim Cassels
1M ago
Mild to Wild’s Rafting Season Forecast for 2024 You better air out those Chacos and shake the dry bags out of that crusty hibernation hole, because it’s time for the Rafting Season Forecast of 2024!  In snowy sum, this year’s swell through the Colorado Plateau looks like it’s going to ripple and flow right down the middle— not unmanageably high nor rock-snaggingly low. Mild to Wild’s owner and season forecaster, Alex Mickel, says, “While the Snotel readings are a barometer, all we know for sure is that this spring the interior is going to be alive with whitewater, cascading down from the ..read more
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Renaming the Rivers of Southwest Colorado — The Juan Rivera 1765 Expedition
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by Kim Cassels
1M ago
Renaming the Rivers of Southwest Colorado — The Juan Rivera 1765 Expedition The majority of the information in this article about the naming of Southwest Colorado rivers on the Juan Rivera expedition, including Rivera’s journal excerpts, has been sourced from the incredible and comprehensive work of Steven G. Baker and Rick Hendrick’s Juan Rivera’s Colorado, 1765.  In the mid 1700s, the rugged region we know today as Southwest Colorado was hanging onto its last years in the rightful possession of the Ute nations, yet to be colonized. That era wouldn’t come until nearly a century later, w ..read more
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Each Rafting Section of the Colorado River Explained
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by Codi Coghlan
2M ago
Each Rafting Section of the Colorado River Explained Credit: NPS | M. Quinn “If you really love the something, you want to see all of it, not just the most beautiful parts of it.” – Mike and Jenny Fiebig, River Advocates who spent five months paddling the entirety of the Colorado River Like any river, the Colorado begins with a small trickle. Birthed from snowfall in the Wind River Mountains, its pure headwaters descend and grow massively, beginning at Grand Lake… SPLAT! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The river undergoes three diversions within the initial 35-miles or so. Shadow Mountain L ..read more
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The Animas River — A Tale of Untamed Resilience
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by Codi Coghlan
2M ago
The Animas River — A Tale of Untamed Resilience The appellation, “Río de Las Animas” — the River of Souls — was written in the journal of Spanish colonizer, Juan Maria Antonio Rivera while crossing the Animas River on horseback in 1765 (Durango Herald). One can only imagine what sights lended to this name.   Perhaps Rivera sensed the looming possibility of souls swimming in the water? Or, did he think the cottonwood branches poking through the currents resembled bleached bones? Maybe the sandbars and deep waters whispered like voices. Much like its name, the resilience of the Animas ..read more
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River Guide, Sam Cook on 30 Years of Adventure
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by Codi Coghlan
3M ago
River Guide, Sam Cook on 30 Years of Adventure I had scant knowledge of Sam Cook before our interview. As an Adventure Consultant, my world revolves around calls and keystrokes, tethered to the indoors. Sam, on the other hand, is a river guide, navigating the outdoors, guiding people down the river. Despite us both working for Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours, I can recall crossing paths only once or twice. During one day in particular, I found myself testing a trip I typically sell to customers, while Sam piloted the safety boat solo. A Monopoly Man-esque mustache covered most of his mo ..read more
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A 30 Year Journey on Rocky Mountain Snowmelt – Mild to Wild’s Beginnings
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by Kim Cassels
4M ago
A 30 Year Journey on Rocky Mountain Snowmelt – Mild to Wild’s Beginnings If you’ve ever wondered how Mild to Wild has grown into the outfitter it is today, grab the rewinder and stop when you hit 1994.  You’ll find two Durango river guides illegally parking a bus on the side of their basement apartment, with the entirety of the company equipment stored inside. It’s okay, the landlord’s cool with it.  Actually, rewind a couple years more for some context on these enterprising vagabonds.    It started a little something like this; A marketing machine of a Minnesotan and ..read more
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What is El Niño and its 2024 Forecast for Southwestern Rivers?
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by Codi Coghlan
5M ago
What is El Niño and its 2024 Forecast for Southwestern Rivers? A freaky weather phenomenon occurs every few years, known as El Niño, and fishers were the first to notice it (vox.com).  Beginning around Christmas, the sea surface warms up like the vacation of your dreams. Do not open up a new tab and Google search flights to Oaxaca just yet. While many yearn for bath-like waves, a lack of cold water in the Pacific halts the healthy churning of nutrients that feed fish and keep them alive. As a result, fishing nets come up empty (vox.com).  Spanish settlers named this pattern El Niño ..read more
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