Hikes To Explore Colorado’s Western Slope This Summer

Colorado’s Western Slope is rich in backcountry hikes. Knowing where to find them — and what to expect on a trail — just got easier with a new guidebook by Grand Junction outdoor writer Bill Haggerty. The Falcon Guides “Hiking Colorado’s Western Slope” has details on more than 45 trails in Western Colorado.

It doesn’t have just the standard route descriptions. Haggerty includes historical tidbits, geological information, suitability for canines, and observations gleaned from a lifetime of hiking in Colorado. His trail descriptions incorporate the joy he finds in hiking.

Haggerty says he often wonders whether publicizing hikes like these means they’ll get too crowded.

“Yes, that’s been a problem about writing for the outdoors since 1976 when I had my first column about the Black Canyon. And I’ve really wrestled with it for years,” he said. “But my main issue remains that if you don’t write about it, if you don’t get people out there if they don’t understand what they have, it will be ignored, and then taken advantage of. And somebody else will take it and it’ll be gone from us.”

Haggerty’s book comes out just as the Colorado Trail Explorer – a comprehensive online statewide trail map – goes live. That online resource is part of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative.

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