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Ski with a Naturalist

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23715 W Highway 50, Salida, CO. 81201


A free skiing/boarding tour on beginner runs led by a trained Naturalist. The on-mountain lift accessed tours highlight Monarch’s forest ecology, wildlife in the winter, the recreational history of Monarch Pass, and the Monarch USFS Partnership.

GARNA, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association coordinates the Ski with a Naturalist Program and is responsible for staffing the tour each week. In addition to the basic weekly talks there may be an opportunity to promote a specific topic like Forest Health, Beetle kill, Wildlife, etc.. on designated Fridays throughout the winter.

The skiing public meets the Naturalist at 11:00 AM at the sign near Ski Patrol/Cat Yurt. There is no sign-up required. Participants must have a season pass or day ticket to participate.

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