Fat Biking - 4 Seasons of Fun! Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Have you seen the fat tire bikes cruising in, around and above the San Luis Valley? With miles upon miles of multi-use trail, single and double track, and forest roads to explore, maybe it’s time to see [...]
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Tour Time - Lobo Overlook Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo For winter adventurers seeking a moderately difficult tour via cross-country skis or other touring setups (e.g., AT, telemark, splitboard), consider the route from the Continental Divide to Lobo Overlook. “Lobo”, spanish for wolf, is the name given to the [...]
New Adventures for 2019: 5 Winter Adventuring Tips Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo With seemingly countless miles of easily-accessible trails in the region, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to stay fit while exploring the Upper Rio Grande region. Here are 5 tips to get you on the [...]
Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo If you are interested in exploring some of the country’s darkest night skies, the San Luis Valley (SLV) is the perfect place in winter! The Milky Way and winter constellations like Orion and Canis Major (also featuring the brightest star, Sirius) are prominent features [...]
Featured Photographer Rebecca Dixon Tips for Perfect Photos: Photograph during the magic hours (one hour after sunrise, one hour before sunset) when the sun is a a low angle creating a warm color balance, long shadows and stunning effects. Take several options with varying depths of field. Look for leading lines that take viewers' [...]
The Colorado backcountry is a great place to explore when temperatures go down and snow accumulations go up. But what’s the best way to get first runs in untouched powder? Plan an overnight backcountry trip! The Rio Grande National Forest and surrounding area features several USFS and privately managed yurts and cabins for winter [...]
Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Cross-country skiing is a great way to stay active during the snowy winter months, but it can also be an opportunity to explore new places. The San Luis Valley and surrounding San Juan Mountains features XC-ski-only trails as well as multi-use forest roads and [...]
Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Hikers and snowshoers have a plethora of trails options in the area. From the San Luis Valley floor to the peaks along the Continental Divide, visitors can explore trails leading to frozen waterfalls, passing through sun-warmed canyon walls, and leading to scenic vistas all [...]
Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo So you’re new parents and you want to keep outdoor activity high on the list all year long, right? Or, maybe you’re well-seasoned caretakers looking for a new outdoor experience for the little ones? Whatever your title or outdoor goals, winter is as great [...]
Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Interested in getting on the water during the cold months? Well, the Rio Grande is sure to please fishing enthusiasts willing to take on chilly (and down-right freezing) fall and winter temperatures! Surprisingly, while air temperatures can drop to the single and sub-zero double-digits [...]