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Forestry in the Field Interpretive Hikes - Dan Schroder, CSU Extension agent, and FDRD friend will be leading interpretive hikes on the National Forest that are free and open to the public. Bring your inquisitive minds and questions. You'll learn an enormous amount about what's actually happening in our forests.

Wednesday June 7 - Keystone Gulch

Wednesday July 5 - Rainbow Lake

Thursday August 10 MEMBERS ONLY - B&B Mine

Wednesday September 20 -  Dillon Nature Preserve 

Geology Tours - Have you ever been curious about the different rock formations that speckle our local landscape? The mountainous environment here in Summit County provides a phenomenal landscape to observe geological points of interest. Join FDRD and our resident geology expert, Joe Newhart, for an informative tour of some of Summit County's most interesting geological locations. We will meet at the DRD parking lot and carpool to 5 different sites in Summit County. Minimal walking is done on this tour.

Wednesday June 14, Wednesday July 12, Wednesday August 23 - Meet at the Dillon Ranger District Office

Mining/History Tour -  Join our friend and mining/history expert, Rick Hague, for an informative walk around the historic French Gulch area. Rick will lead discussions on the way things were back in the mining days. Bring your questions for Rick--he's got all the answers. This will be a fascinating morning you won't want to miss.

Wednesday June 28 - French Gulch, Meet at the B&B trailhead

Tuesday August 29 - Gold Run/Preston Road Trail

Wildlife HikeOur friends at Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be taking out wildlife enthusiasts for in-field discussions about all the critters that inhabit the forests of Summit County. Bring any questions you may have regarding anything that slithers, leaps, walks, bounds, crawls, swims or flies. 

Thursday June 29 - TBA

Wildflower Hike - Come join wildflower guru, Pat Taylor, and learn more about the incredible wildflowers that color our mountainsides. During our 2 hour hike, we will identify wildflowers and learn about some incredible adaptations and characteristics make each species so unique. We will meet at the Dillon Ranger District and carpool to the trail. The exact trail will be determined by our hiking guide based on prime wildflower locations!

Thursday July 13 - TBA, Meet at the Dillon Ranger District Offices to carpool

Sustainable Forest Hike - Join local Tom Koehler, a true friend of the forest, as he leads you on a beautiful hike up the North Tenmile Creek Trail. He will share some wonderful aspects inherent in our forest that may surprise you and open up your mind to a different world. Sign up for Tom's "Sustainable Forest" hike and learn about the dynamic forest ecosystem's resilience and sustainability. 

Thursday July 6, Tuesday August 15 - Meet at the North Tenmile Trailhead in Frisco

To sign up for our summer educational hikes, click on the event in our calendar. Please note that some hike locations will be announced at a later date.

2016 - 2017 SKI WITH A RANGER


Ski with a Ranger:

“Learn while you Turn”

FDRD is proud to partner with Vail Resorts and Copper Mountain Resort to provide free, on-hill cultural and natural history tours starting December 23rd and running through the end of March. Our trained Ski Rangers will lead participants down a beginner/intermediate run, stopping periodically to discuss topics from local flora and fauna to geography and history. These one-hour tours require participants to have a valid lift ticket, intermediate skiing or riding ability and a desire to learn — no pre-registration required. Bring family and friends to learn while you turn on these free, unique mountain tours.

  • Breckenridge Resort: Every Friday from 11:00am-Noon; meet at the top of the Independence Chair on Peak 7
  • Keystone Resort: Every Friday from 11:00am-Noon; meet at the top of the main Gondola
  • Copper Mountain Resort: Every Friday and Saturday from 11:00am-Noon; meet at the top of the Timberline Express Lift

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Ever heard of the word “Subnivean”?

Subnivean means life under the snow and there’s plenty of it going on here in Summit County! Come join a guest naturalist to explore the wonders of the natural world in the seemingly silent winter, while taking in spectacular views of our iconic mountain landscape. Our leisurely paced snowshoe tours are lead by local experts and guest naturalists. Tours are FREE and snowshoes are provided as needed. All you need is warm clothing, water, snacks, and of course your sense of wonder! 

When: January 13th, February 22nd, March 17th, April 8th

To sign up for our winter snowshoe hikes, click on the event in our calendar. Specific hike locations will be announced approximately two days prior to the hike via email to registered participants. This gives the naturalist the flexibility to choose a hiking location based on weather and snow conditions. All hikes will be located within Summit County on 'beginner friendly' trails.