Fall 2014 Hikes

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Colorado National Monument

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Colorado National Monument Association presents Fall 2014 Hikes 

Hike through Time in Upper Monument Canyon, Saturday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 8, 9:00 AM.Hike through 1.8 billion years of the Earth’s history along Monument Canyon trail with geologist Don Regan. We will discuss key geologic concepts that make the Monument so special – in simple terms – no complex terminology. This is a strenuous hike: 1000 foot descent followed by 1000 foot climb out.   Approx. 3 mile roundtrip hike in 3+ hrs.  Bring water, snacks or lunch, hat, sunscreen, hiking poles, and your curiosity. Must pre-register. Limited to 15 hikers.

 

Night Photography in Monument Canyon, Thursday October 23, 6:30 PM. Learn night photographic tips and techniques with local photographer Donna Fullerton on this hike through Monument Canyon.Donna is a nationally renowned photographer whose work sells and has been exhibited in several National Parks, the Audubon Society, the National Park Foundation, and she was also an official Disney World Photographer. Bring food, water, sunscreen and hiking boots. Dress warmly – a hat and long pants are recommended.  Trek poles or walking sticks are also helpful. Along with your camera, bring a comfortable strap, and don’t forget clean lenses and charged batteries. NO special equipment is needed, but tripods are useful. Children, ages 13 and up, are welcome if they can hike the distance unassisted. The hike will start from the Lower Monument Trailhead The 2.5 mile trail follows the base of sandstone cliffs to the massive Independence Monument. Monument (5 miles round-trip, +500’; moderate.) 15 hikers maximum. Pre-registration required. For more information, email Donna Fullerton at dnote627@gmail.com

 

Landscape Photography in Monument Canyon. Saturday, October 25, 9:30 AM.Learn photographic tips and techniques with local photographer Donna Fullerton on this hike through Monument Canyon.Donna is a nationally renowned photographer whose work sells and has been exhibited in several National Parks, the Audubon Society, the National Park Foundation, and she was also an official Disney World Photographer. Bring food, water, sunscreen and hiking boots. Dress in layers – a hat and long pants are recommended. Trek poles or walking sticks are also helpful. Along with your camera, bring a comfortable strap, and don’t forget clean lenses and charged batteries. Tripods aren’t necessary. Children, ages 13 and up, are welcome if they can hike the distance unassisted. Saturday’s hike will start from the Lower Monument Trailhead The 2.5 mile trail follows the base of sandstone cliffs to the massive Independence Monument. Monument Canyon offers spectacular views of towering rock formations. It is also the best trail to see desert bighorn sheep during the fall. (5 miles round-trip, +500’; moderate.) 15 hikers maximum. Pre-registration required. For more information, email Donna Fullerton at dnote627@gmail.com

 

Explore the Old Gordon Trail. Thursday, October 2, and Thursday, October 9, 9:30 AM. If you are an experienced hiker, you will want to join Donna King on this hike through Old Gordon Trail. This trail follows the path of an historic cattle drive in a steady ascent. Rock layers along this mainly undeveloped route show most of the monument’s geologic story. This is a long eight mile roundtrip hike, which will take about five hours. Bring food, water, sunscreen and hiking boots. Dress in layers – a hat and long pants are recommended. Trek poles or walking sticks are also helpful. Adults over 18 only. Limited to 15 hikers. Pre-registration required.

To register for these hikes, please call 858-3617 ext. 308 or email dhight@coloradonma.org