2014 Upcoming
Full Moon Hikes
August 10

September 8

October 8



Join DNS in a dusky exploration of natural history, nocturnal animals, local landforms, and cool moon facts and legends. This is also the night of a lunar exclipse, so we will be talking about that as well.

Date: Sunday, August 10
Time: 7:00-9:00
Place: Purgatory Flats
Price: FREE for members, $10 for non-members,
Lead Naturalist: John Duwe, 769-6482
Register: call 769-1800, or email sally@durangonaturestudies.org

From Durango, take Highway 550 north. Trailhead parking lot located DIRECTLY across from Durango Mountain Resort entrance gate, inside the Black Bear townhome development on Tacoma Drive. Stay to the left and follow the signs to the trailhead parking.

Trail Info:
The trail heads straight down through the forest on a set of easy switchbacks eventually opening up in the Purgatory Flats area on Cascade Creek. This is a popular area for overnight camping, or as a rest stop for those hikers going on to the Animas River Trail. Purgatory Flats is a historical grazing area and cattle may be encountered at any time. It is also a good area for bird watching, and numerous species may be spotted from Spring until Fall

USGS Map: Electra Lake
Starting Elevation: 8,700’
Ending Elevation: 8,000’

What to Bring and Additional Info:
. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, layers of clothes, walking poles (if you want)
. Optional is a
flashlight (which hopefully we won't need).
. Dress warmly. Temperatures will drop as the night progresses.
. 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 non-member.
. Should you need to cancel, please let us know, as we usually have a waiting list.

Additional Info:
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).

Please note
No dogs allowed.

For more information, or call us at 970-382-9244, ext 3

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(970) 382-9244

Main Office:
1309 E. Third Ave, #27
Durango, CO 81301
CO Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3808
Durango, CO 81302