[San Juan Silver Stage | May 2020 | Western Colorado] Co-authors of Common Wildflowers of the San Juan Mountains, Menz and Pisarowicz lead us on three different wildflower walks at varying elevations in the San Juan Mountains and nearby canyons of Delta County. Listen as Mary describes them, what they saw and where they found them. The first, “High Country Collage“ is a collage of flowers living between 8,500 ft. and 10,000 ft. elevation. The second, “Escalante Canyon” shares images of flowers growing from 4,200 ft. to to 4,800 ft. in colorful canyon country. The third, “Silvershield Trail“ traverses a steep, 1.600 ft. ascent from Ouray, starting around 7,800 ft. Early wildflowers, from late April to early May are sometimes hard to find, sometimes buried in snow, but as Mary says, “It’s not too early to get out there and search for wildflowers! At every elevation there are flowers to enjoy from now until end of August as the high country opens up.” Please enjoy seeing them, but please help preserve the wildflowers—don’t pick the flowers or garther the seeds! Both belong right where they are.
Common Wildflowers of the San Juan Mountains, by Mary Menz and Jim Pisarowicz.
Available from San Juan Publishing online. Or, Pick up a copy at the San Juan Publishing office, Montrose Center for the Arts, 11 S. Park, Montrose, CO. Also available at Ouray Bookstore and Cimmaron Books in Ridgway, CO.