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Bull Gulch badlands a place to visit in Eagle County

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Special to the Vail DailyThe redrock badlands of Bull Gulch, northeast of Dotsero, marks the Colorado River's transition from its origin in the alpine high country to its desert path to the sea.
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado –The 2009 Hidden Gems Wilderness Hike Series continues this weekend in the western part of the county with an exploration of Bull Gulch, northeast of Dotsero, just off the Colorado River Road.

Bull Gulch marks the Colorado River’s transition from its origin in the alpine high country to its desert path to the sea. The hike begins at an elevation of 6,400 feet in a labyrinth of twisting corridors and sculpted slickrock bowls carved through the maroon sandstone.

After a couple of miles, the canyon yields to mixed sagebrush/grasslands/shrublands, which then give way to a forested rim at 9,700 feet with stands of aspen, Douglas fir, blue spruce, and ponderosa pine. Fresh pools, trickling seeps and abundant wildflowers make Bull Gulch perfect for early season hiking.

A delightful surprise, Bull Gulch is quite literally a hidden gem of a hike. Sign up to hike with a Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign leader Sunday at http://www.whiteriverwild.org, and click on hikes/events, or call hike coordinator, Collin Stewart, 970-963-3977.


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