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.
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SJMA was created in 1988 to assist the San Juan National Forest in providing education and interpretation of public lands in Southwest Colorado. SJMA has a participating agreement with the San Juan National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office to develop educational programs, publications and volunteer projects, as well as provide interpretive services.