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A Winter Joy Ride
What a wonderful way to experience the magic of
a Winter day; a dash through the woods & fields
of snow, on a horse drawn sleigh, pulled by majes-
tic Belgian draft horses all the way.
Horse drawn sleigh rides, winter trail rides, and
private rides in the snow, can all be yours to
experience and enjoy this Winter from Telluride
Horseback Adventures.
Meet the world famous Roudy Roudebush, who
will be guiding your sleigh! Hear tales of Telluride,
stories and folklore, while taking in the majestic
scenery of the Wilson Range, at the historic Nelson
Warren homestead in the San Juan Mountains.
According to Roudy, Telluride Horseback Adven-
tures provides, ¡°Gentle horses for gentle people,
Fast horses for fast people, And for people who
don¡¯t like to ride, Horses that don¡¯t like to be
Riding everyday year round, except Sundays, Tel-
luride Horseback Adventures also caters private
¡°Be sure to bring your camera and wear warm,
sturdy clothing, sunglasses and gloves for this
most enjoyable Winter experience,¡± adds Roudy.
Whichever Winter adventure you choose to do
with Telluride Horseback Adventures, be it the fun
and fantastic family or romantic sleigh rides, or
horseback riding in the snowy wonderland, it¡¯ll be
an adventure full of magic and memories. one you
will always cherish.
Book your sleigh ride today. Call Roudy at the
barn for reservations and directions, 970.728.9611.
Nature & Wildlife
2013 December/January
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
others who are viewing the same animals.
--Leave your pets at home. Pets hinder wildlife
watching. They can chase, injure, or kill wildlife
or be injured or killed.
--Do not feed wild animals. It can change their
behavior in ways that can be harmful, both to
them and to people. Reserve feeding for ¡®back-
yard¡¯ birds.
To see the new northwest Birding Trail Guides,
and for more viewing tips, trail maps and infor-
mation about a variety of species and where they
can be seen, visit:
Currently there are 40 trails onsite with over 800
sites where you can explore Colorado and view
watchable wildlife. Alternatively, you can view
an interactive map with the trail locations.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state
parks, all of Colorado¡¯s wildlife, 350 state wild-
life areas and a host of recreational programs. To
learn more, please visit:
brings people to parts of Colorado they
may not consider visiting otherwise.¡±
To enjoy the Colorado Birding Trails and
watch wildlife responsibly, the following
tips are recommended:
--Time your outing for morning or evening,
when animals are most active.
--Remain quiet and keep your distance for
the safety and comfort of both animals and
--If an animal changes its behavior, stops
eating or seems nervous at your presence,
it¡¯s time to back away.
--Never chase or harass wildlife. Use bin-
oculars, a spotting scope or a telephoto lens
for a close-up view.
--Consider using your car as a viewing
blind. Pull safely off the road. Respect
Abundant Wildlife Resource
NW section of Colorado Birding Trail takes off
In a continuing effort to educate and spur inter-
est in outdoor recreation, Colorado Parks and
Wildlife is encouraging everyone to take time to
explore the recently completed new northwest
section of the Colorado Birding Trail. The lat-
est addition adds a series of 13 trails-or driving
loops-and 155 wildlife viewing sites to the previ-
ously established trails across the southeast and
southwest areas of the state.
Made possible with Great Outdoors Colorado
funds generated from the sales of lottery tickets,
the trails are expected to draw wildlife enthusi-
asts from across the country to Colorado where
they may encounter animals they have never seen
before. The trail also gives birders a chance to
check-off a new species on their ¡®life list¡¯.
Colorado is one of 40 states that have similarly
organized birding trails.
¡°The Colorado Birding Trail offers a unique and
fun way for the whole family to experience our
rich and abundant wildlife resource,¡± said Watch-
able Wildlife Coordinator Trina Romero. ¡°There
are a wide variety of species that some in the pub-
lic have never seen. We anticipate many people
will take advantage of this fantastic opportunity
and see what living in Colorado is all about.¡±
Romero adds that along with hunting and fish-
ing, the Colorado Birding Trail will benefit the
local economies of many communities across
the state that depend on revenue generated by
outdoor recreation.
¡°Wildlife viewing is becoming increasingly popu-
lar and is a great way to introduce children to the
outdoors,¡± added Romero. ¡°The birding trail sites
make our wildlife more accessible and
other topics. Jim Davidson, a Colorado-based
motivational speaker and owner of Speaking
of Adventure, will give the keynote address
on Friday.
Registration for the event opened on Nov 4,
and space is limited to the first 200 registrants.
Until Jan 31, registration fees are $75 per
person. From Feb 1-14, providing space is still
available, registration fees are $125 per person.
Included in the fees are lodging for one night,
lunch on Friday, an awards banquet, network-
ing opportunities and access to small partner
grants. Registration fees go toward the Partner
Grant account to be distributed to partners
who attend the conference.
For a complete schedule, visit the conference
webpage. For further questions, contact Al-
lison Kincaid, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Partnership Coordinator, at allison.kincaid@, or at 303.291.7252.
CPW To Host 2014
Partners In The Outdoors Conference
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting organi-
zations with an interest in increasing outdoor
awareness to join the 2014 Partners in the Out-
doors Conference. The conference will be held in
Colorado Springs from Feb 21-22.
The conference brings together agencies, non-
profit entities and companies that are actively
engaged, or want to become engaged, in connect-
ing people to the outdoors.
During the two-day event, breakout sessions will
provide attendees the opportunity to talk about
traditional outdoors skills, getting people out-
doors, finding the right collaborative partners,
and technology for the outdoors, among many
Register Now
Let¡¯s Go For A Sleigh Ride
Navajo State Park Holiday Open House
ARBOLES, Colo: Navajo State Park, on the Colo-
rado side of the reservoir, will host a holiday open
house, 9a-4p, Sun, Dec 8, at the Visitors Center.
Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be
provided and all bookstore items will be discount-
ed 15% for the day. Some items on sale for up to
40% off. You can also purchase other great gifts
for friends and families, including Colorado State
Park passes and hunting and fishing licenses.
During the open house you¡¯ll get to visit with staff
members and also learn about the improvement
projects planned for Navajo State Park during the
next year. The improvements will be welcomed by
boaters, campers, hikers and wildlife watchers.
Visitors are also reminded that the park is open
year around. Winter is an excellent time to go for a
hike and to do some wildlife watching. Also, four
campgrounds for self-contained units are open, as
is one rental cabin.
Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and
water acres, and provide 4,300 camp sites and 63
cabins and yurts. For more information on Colo-
rado State Parks, or to purchase an annual pass
online, visit
For information about Navajo State Park, call:
Open Year Round
¡°Sunshine is delicious, rain
is refreshing, wind braces us
up, snow is exhilarating; there
is really no such thing as bad
weather, only different kinds of
good weather.¡±
- John Ruskin