Nick Keeler is a SJMA Visitor Services Assistant at the Public Lands Center in Durango, Colorado.
Nick has been working with SJMA since May 2017. Growing up in Boulder Colorado with a mother who values the outdoors, Nick developed a love and appreciation for being outside in nature. He came to Durango in 2006 to go to school at Fort Lewis College. Through his studies Nick was able to land an internship with the San Juan National Forest in 2012 as a Wilderness Monitor. He was to backpack the Weminuche to find and evaluate backcountry campsites within the wilderness for impact and use. With this wonderful opportunity he was able to explore, learn about, and experience what the San Juan Mountains and the Weminuche Wilderness has to offer. Nick also appreciates Durango’s proximity to canyon country in southern Utah, which provides a completely different wilderness experience to the San Juan NF. Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Capitol Reef National Parks are all within a day’s drive from Durango.
After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies form Fort Lewis in 2013, Nick was unable to leave Durango. The outdoor lifestyle, not to mention Purgatory Ski Area just 30 minutes to the north, has been too much of a lure to leave this beautiful and unique area. During his free time Nick enjoys: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain and road biking, paddle boarding, tubing the Animas River, driving 4x4 roads around Silverton, and spending time with my beautiful wife!
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