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Final interpretive tours of fall

The Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest provides free, entertaining, interpretive and informational programs for the public at various times and locations during the summer. We are winding down for fall, but still have two excellent opportunities for forest visitors.

On Monday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., learn about the Shattered Landscape during a geology tour of the Piñon Hills Dikes with Glenn Raby. Millions of years ago, tectonic forces in the earth squeezed molten rock into faults. Today, the soft shale has eroded, exposing these dramatic natural ramparts of stone. Study how the movement of the continent left these amazing clues to our geologic history. For this tour, be prepared for any type of weather with a hat, sunscreen, rain gear, and walking shoes or boots. Bring a lunch, snacks and water. Travel south on Trujillo Road (County Road 500) about 17 miles. Meet at the entrance gate at Piñon Hills Ranch just across the bridge at the town of Trujillo. Please do not block the gate.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m., take a walk through aspen groves with Peggy Bergon. For many years, Peggy Bergon has collected photographs of arborglyphs: carvings on aspen created by Hispanic sheepherders dating from the late 1800s to the early 1950s. On this three-mile walk you will see many of their writings and artwork while learning about the early sheep industry. Wear walking shoes/boots, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring drinking water. Due to the nature of the walk, it is limited to 12 participants. For more information and to reserve a spot, call Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268. For more information about Peggy and arborglyphs, go to www.arborglyphs.com.

For more information, contact Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.