Tracing the route back to the campground, it occurred to me that while the stunning dunes are the marquee attraction here, it is up the lonely trails into the preserve that other, forgotten treasures may be found.
Scientists expressed concerns about salvage logging following fires, which may slow the natural recovery of forests, streams and wildlife.
At an elevation of over 12,000 feet, this alpine terrain is exceptional, especially the glades of Lower Enchanted Forest, rated a double-black diamond.
Decreased Rocky Mountain snowpack has slowed the winter release of heat-trapping CO2 gases from forest soils into the atmosphere, according to scientists.
While Crested Butte’s calling card is its wealth of extreme terrain (the most lift-served extreme terrain in North America, according to the resort), the ski area also has plenty of intermediate and expert (single black diamond) terrain
The frosting on the cake was the fact that the usually mild blue-black runs of Rainbow Cut and Lower Arrowhead Loop were also nearly empty, with large stashes of untracked powder adding a nice challenge to the descent.
Late day at Steamboat, when the sun peaks through, the light shines directly on Heavenly Daze and Valley View runs, creating golden shadows that add to the mystique of this classic ski mountain.
Overall precipitation by mid-May remained below average and high-country snowpack levels were low and quickly depleting, making water-use efficiency key as summer approached.
Colorado Division of Wildlife tracking crews found seven lynx kittens born to two mothers, marking the second consecutive year reproduction was documented in the agency’s lynx reintroduction program.
Every raindrop, every snowflake that falls on Colorado is collected in one of our 94 watersheds and sent to the Pacific or the Atlantic Oceans via one of 10 major river drainages.