The Colorado Environmental Coalition, Friends of the Northern Dolores and the Dolores River Coalition are hosting a weekend in the northern Dolores River canyon October 1


From the Grand Junction Free Press (Sharon Sullivan):

The next hike — also a weekend campout along the Dolores River for those who choose —will take place Oct. 1, outside of Gateway.

The Gateway hike and FOND (Friends of the Northern Dolores) Fall Fest Star Party, led by CEC’s Dolores River public lands organizer Kate Graham, has become an annual event to introduce people to the Gateway community and landscape.

The camp-out includes Friday and Saturday night stargazing with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club, disc golf Sunday with members of the Grand Valley disc gold club, and a hike Saturday afternoon into Maverick Canyon to see Juanita Arch with members of the Dolores River Coalition…

The hikes are free, but an RSVP is required by calling Walker at 243-0002, or online at

The Colorado Environmental Coalition has two other non-hiking events planned for October.

Energy analyst Randy Udall and conservation photographer Garth Lenz will give a free presentation Oct. 3 about oil shale and tar sands, and how it can change the landscape. The presentation “Energy in the West” will take place in the Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., 7-9 p.m.

Oct. 21 is CEC’s “Harvest Hoedown” with Durango bluegrass band Waiting on Trial performing at the Palisade Brewing Company, 200 Peach St., in Palisade. The $18 tickets, a donation to CEC, includes the music and a couple of drinks. Food will be available for purchase.

For more information visit, or call 243-0002.

More Dolores River watershed coverage here.

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