July 6, 2020
Carbondale, Colo. — This summer Wilderness Workshop is hosting 25 opportunities to enjoy the region’s public lands through hikes, restoration projects and workshops, all led by experts. The series also includes Latinx programming through the nonprofit’s Defiende Nuestra Tierra.
Some highlights from the series include the 5-mile Hogback Hike near Rifle, which ascends Bureau of Land Management lands to views of the Colorado River Valley, and the less-traveled Hack Lake Hike in the Flattops. The series also includes popular events from previous years, like the Mushroom Walk, a photography workshop, and an evening hike to explore the remnants of the Lake Christine Fire to see how those burned areas are recovering on Basalt Mountain. Additionally, there are several restoration projects, such as barbed wire fence pulls and trail maintenance, which people can join to help improve public lands.
The Defiende Nuestra Tierra events are bilingual, and invite the Latinx community to learn about their public lands, elevate their voice and experience on the public lands, and learn about how land management affects their lives and communities. It was launched in 2018 and has been successful in broadening participation.
“This is a great way to get some fresh air, be inspired by our local landscapes, and stay plugged into what’s happening to the public lands in the area,” says hike director Brandon Jones. “We hope that you love the place so much that you are willing to speak on its behalf.”
Programs will be capped at 10 participants in accordance with state orders in response to Covid-19. All events are free. Participants are required to register in advance, and will provide their own transportation to events. Carpooling is discouraged outside of participants’ own households or quarantine groups. Social distancing measures, mask use and proper sanitization measures will be implemented. The schedule is subject to change.
8 Hunter Creek Wildflower with ACES, near Aspen
11 No Name Hike, Holy Cross Wilderness Addition, near Red Cliff
12 Flat Tops Hike to Hack Lake, near Gypsum – Exploring our BLM Wildlands
18 The Mushroom Walk with Hamilton Pevec, location TBD
18 Restore Wildlife Habitat: Lime Park Fence Pull, near Basalt
19 Celebrate Latino Conservation Week, Grizzly Creek Family Picnic, near Glenwood Springs – Defiende
23 Basalt Mountain Fire Ecology evening hike, near Basalt
29 Spraddle Creek addition to Eagle’s Nest Wilderness, Vail
31 – Aug 2 Restore a Wilderness Trail: Maroon Bells Car Camping, near Aspen
2 Proposed Camp Hale National Historic Landscape, Tennessee Pass
8 Landscape Photography Workshop with Jon Mullen, location TBD
13 Glenwood Quarry Expansion Hike with Jeff Peterson
15 Janeway Watercolor Walk with Nicolette Toussaint, near Redstone
21 – 23 Restore a Wilderness Trail: Hay Park Backpacking Trip – Restoration, near Carbondale
23 Arte en la Montaña con Aspen Art Museum, Richmond Ridge – Defiende
29 Pilot Knob Hike with WSCC, near Somerset
1 Hay Park Full Moon Hike, near Carbondale
12 Restore Wildlife Habitat: Pitkin County Fence Pull, near Aspen – Restoration
19 Restore Wildlife Habitat: Blue Spruce Planting Project, near Rifle – Defiende Restoration
24 Crystal River Field Trip, near Redstone
26 Restore Wildlife Habitat: Sutey Ranch Fence Pull, near Carbondale – Restoration
26 National Public Lands Day Babbish Gulch Hike, near Glenwood Springs Defiende
10 The Lorax Trail Bike Ride, near Carbondale – Exploring our BLM Wildlands
11 Hike with Latino Outdoors, in Eagle Valley – Defiende
17 The Hogback Hike, near Rifle – Exploring You BLM Wildlands
Hike Series Sponsors: Alpine Bank, City of Aspen, Aspen Thrift Shop, Rainy Day Designs, Ute Mountaineer
The Wilderness Workshop is the conservation watchdog of nearly 4 million acres of public lands in western Colorado. Using science, the law and grassroots activism, WW works to keep the White River National Forest and nearby BLM lands more or less “as is” and, where possible, to restore wildness to this nationally important landscape. Founded in 1967, the Wilderness Workshop has earned a national reputation for passionate advocacy, grassroots effectiveness, and scientific authority. It is the only nonprofit organization that’s devoted to protecting these particular public lands on a full-time basis.