Full Moon Hikes
Join DNS in a dusky exploration of natural history, nocturnal animals, local landforms, and facinating moon facts and legends. This is a special hike because we will be using the darker skies of the new moon to look at the stars and some of the legends around them and this time of year.
||Friday, November 13
||Purgatory Flats Trailhead
||FREE for members, $10 for non-members,
||Andrea Owens, 970-769-9377
||call 769-1800, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pay and register online
From downtown Durango, head north on Highway 550 approximately 25 miles to Tacoma Drive. Look for the entrance to Durango Mountain Resort on the left side of the road, and Tacoma Drive is directly across from the entrance on the right (east) side of 550.
Take a right onto Tacoma Drive and follow the road for maybe a quarter of a mile and you will see a dirt parking lot on the left side of the road next to a small lake. Park in this lot and hike back up the road a few hundred feet across the bridge to the trailhead, which is on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot.
We will meet at the Purgatory Flats Trailhead parking area, and hike down to the Cascade Creek Valley.
What to Bring and Additional Info:
. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, layers of clothes, walking poles (if you want)
. Optional is a
we won't need).
Dress warmly. Temperatures will drop as the night
If we cancel due to weather, we will try to let everyone
know by noon that day.
Please bring a check or exact cash - $10 if you are a
. Should you need to cancel, please let us know, as we usually have a waiting list.
About ten months out of the year, Durango Nature Studies takes groups of 10-15 people on two-hour full moon hikes at various locations throughout the area. A trained naturalist leads these hikes and participants learn about the local flora and fauna, current happenings in the natural world, nighttime senses and astronomy events.
Full moon hikes are not an exercise in fitness. Instead, they a chance to slow down and notice the cooling, quieting world around us. Hikes are geared to the slowest member of the group, and are generally led with no specific destination in mind, other than a good place to view the rising moon. They are recommended to those of moderate fitness level or above. Families are welcome, but please remember that this may not be the best hike for children younger than age 9 (though only a parent knows how far their child can hike without becoming bored or exhausted).
No dogs allowed.
For more information, email
Sally or call us at 970-769-1800