Friday, October 4th: Stand at the Summit

By Ben Katz 12 months ago2 Comments

Stand at the Summit

Two valleys, one landscape

Friday, October 4
Field trips (hikes) | 10am – 5pm, Party | 5 – 7pm

Free and open to the public, RSVP below


The North Fork and Roaring Fork Valleys and the adjacent communities are united in defending our local public lands on both sides of McClure Pass. We stand together to ensure responsible use, management and preservation of the land, rivers and habitats that provide our communities with the clean air, pure water and abundant recreational opportunities we rely on.
This year, we are united to:

  • Stop oil and gas development in the roadless area near Huntsman’s Ridge
  • Help permanently protect the Thompson Divide by supporting the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act
  • Create a sensible Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan for the North Fork Valley

On Friday, October 4th, join Western Slope Conservation Center, Wilderness Workshop, Thompson Divide Coalition, and High Country Conservation Advocates to join in a conversation about the shared issues our valleys are facing. The event will feature comments from community leaders, live music from Sam Heart, and snacks and libations from both valleys. Camping is welcome and encouraged after the event is completed. Please bring a personal camping chair and/or blanket with you! This is a family-friendly event.

Field trip options (availability contingent on minimum number of registrants)

Hike the Drift Creek Trail into the Huntsman roadless area | 10am – 4pm: and visit a site for a proposed gas pad. 8 miles (round trip) and steep.
Hike the Huntsman’s Ridge Trail | 3pm – 5pm: at the top of McClure Pass for a spectacular view of Thompson Divide. 4 miles (round trip) and moderate.


From Paonia – take highway 133 to the top of McClure Pass. Turn right onto Ragged Mountain Road.
From Carbondale – take highway 133 to the top of McClure Pass. Turn left onto Ragged Mountain Road. Park at the turn off to Ragged Mountain Road and walk a few hundred feet to the event. Signs will direct you. (Parking on site limited to people with special mobility needs).

  Events, Public Lands
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