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Is it really Spring?

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

...this time of year it can go either way.

For example, this year, no one can see over the snow bank to believe that spring is really less than 3 weeks away! But, for folks who watch the calendar and believe it, they can see the writing on the wall.

Right about now locals start their reckoning on when the lowest elevation trails will open to

mountain bikers and hikers always have their eyes on Sand Canyon in scenic McElmo Canyon with the stunning vistas that this classic local desert hike (or bike offers). Whether it's to wander along the trail and check out ruins, blast off for a lap around on a mountain bike or just lay on a rock… Sand Canyon pulls em in big time in the months of March and April.

Don’t worry about crowds! A few years ago the BLM, working with local advocacy groups, put in alternate trailheads and expanded parking areas.

There's enough trail and open space out there for everyone. Of course, weekends are much busier but weekdays offer a guarantee of plenty of peace, quiet, sun, and knockout views of Sleeping Ute Mountain. This mountain, sacred to the Southern Ute Tribe, hovers in close proximity to the canyon and offers a striking contrast of snow capped peaks and sun drenched desert terrain.

*Recommended but not required - Take a quick stop across the road from the trailhead for some sampling of great locally produced wine at Sutcliffe Vineyards. The tasting room is open 7 days a week and the hospitable folks there will treat you right. Not a bad way to end a hike and not a bad way to start the southwest Colorado spring season.

Stay tuned- it's coming soon! Promise!!

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