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Sand Canyon Interpretive Hike

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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What: Join SJMA and local expert, Tom West, for an educational hike through Sand Canyon with the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Hikers will learn about the geology of Sand Canyon, identification and uses of the flora, the fragile desert environment and why Leave No Trace principles are so important, as well as a brief introductory discussion of the Ancestral Pueblo. Must be able to hike about 5 miles with some short steep sections. We plan to stop for lunch during the hike. All participants will be encouraged to contribute to the discussions since we all have knowledge of some or all of the discussion topics.

When: May 17, 2021 from 9:00am – 2:00pm

  • Meet in Sand Canyon parking lot by 9:00am or
  • If interested in carpooling, meet in Cortez Safeway parking lot at 8:15. We will leave parking lot at 8:30am.

Where: Sand Canyon Trailhead

What to Bring: Plenty of water, a hat, sunscreen, snacks or lunch, hiking shoes/boots appropriate for uneven rocky ground, and a camera.  Please note, there are no restrooms at Sand Canyon.

Cost: Free, $10 donation encouraged

RSVP: Pre-registration is required. 


May 17
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


San Juan Mountain Association