Rau: So many trails, so little dry ground
Diana Lynn Rau
Water, water everywhere and not a trail to ride! The spring runoff continues – the rains keep coming. Great for the drought conditions in many parts of Colorado, but enough is enough.
Many of us are chomping at the bit to get out to our favorite places to ride or hike but many areas are under water or still very wet. Rivers are full and there is still a lot of snow in high country to come down. Check to see what areas are usable before you go and don’t be afraid to dismount and walk through some sections or even turn around and go back. I know the mud can be a mark of the adventurous rider so please go through the occasional puddles. Riding around the puddles will braid the trail and turn it from a singletrack into a highway. But if the ground is wet for a long stretch, consider walking or riding somewhere else.
The receding water has left washouts and other trail problems throughout our system. Headwaters Trails Alliance has new seasonal staff but there are never enough eyes to spot all the problems that are just beginning to show up. Please report trail washouts, bank erosion, downed trees, and other issues to HTA by phone at 970-726-1013 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Hot Sulphur Days
The traditional community-wide celebration known as Hot Sulphur Days is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday including a homemade outlaw salsa contest, pie baking contest, bingo, a pancake breakfast, baseball, kids games, a car show, the Texas Charlie Shootout, parade, BBQ, kids carnival, concert historic walking tour, fireworks and more! Fun for the whole family! For more details call the Granby Chamber at 970-887-2311 or visit http://www.granbychamber.com .
The Flying Heels Rodeos also kick off this Friday and Saturday. Performances are at 7 p.m. at the arena across from City Market on Highway 40 just South of town. Little Buckaroos can compete in Mutton Bustin’ by signing up at the rodeo announcers stand before each rodeo. A great event for the entire family, there will be bull ridin’, ropin’, barrel racing, games for the kids and more. The Junior Rodeo starts at 3 p.m.
Granby Ranch is ready to help you find you sweet spot whether riding your mountain bike or hiking their trails. They offer free chairlift rides for foot passengers Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit their website at http://www.granbyranch.com to learn more about their family friendly biking and hiking trails and gold medal fishing or call 888-850-4615.
Fraser Valley Events
This weekend the Winter Park Resort opens for the summer with the first race of the Epic Singletrack Series – the famed Excel Roofing Hill Climb – on Saturday, June 13, sharing the spotlight with the Winter Park Chocolate Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Village. More information is available at http://www.epicsingletrack.com listing six different races through June, July and August. Check out resort events at http://www.winterparkresort.com.
Free yoga, pilates or crossfit lessons are every Sunday morning from 9-10 a.m. and music in the parks at Fraser and Hideaway park start next week. This year the Lance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration will move to Hideaway Park. Find more information, a listing of events, or to sign up for events, go to http://www.playwinterpark.com or call the Chamber of Commerce at 970-726-4118.
The Habitat Hobble 5K and 10K Fun Run is coming up Saturday, June 20, starting at Cooper Creek Square with registration starting 8 a.m. This is a pet-friendly event with live music, food, and a silent auction. Visit the website http://www.habitatgrandcounty.org for more information or to sign up in advance.
The Flower Report from our local naturalist Patricia Berman
The Fraser to Granby trail, from the Ten Mile Drive trailhead, always has an excellent display of flowers in early June. Some of the flowers I saw are Cut Leaf Evening Primrose, Arrowleaf Balsamroot which has a very large, bright golden flower with large arrowhead-shaped leaves, Scarlet Gila, Sugar Bowls that have stems topped by an upside down flower bowl of deep silvery purple, Mouse-Ear Chickweed and Indian Paintbrush. Please just don’t pick the flowers!
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