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Tip of the day

Understand and protect your sleeping bag's temperature rating! 
Remember, these are low-end, assisted ratings. 

1) You will need an insulated sleeping pad and some clothing layers to keep comfortable down to your bag's temperature rating.

2) Learn how to properly close and cinch your bag around your body to retain heat.

3) Store your bag by hanging it  - not crammed in the stuff sack. This keeps the fill from getting compressed and losing its insulating power.



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Timpas Picnic Area - Colorado

Rating: Easy

Timpas Creek was the first source of water for Santa Fe Trail travelers after leaving the Arkansas River heading southwest.   Between 1869 and 1871 the Metcalf Ranch, previously located here, served as a stage coach station.

A 1/2 mile loop nature trail will take you to Timpas Creek and back.  Stone markers indicate where the Santa Fe National Historic Trail passes through the area.

Hikers and horseback riders can follow a 3 mile section of the Santa Fe Trail to Sierra Vista Overlook.  Start your hike at the nature trail and walk northwest to the stone trail post or, if you are on horseback, start your ride at the stock tank, following the fence northwest to the gate. From there turn northwest and go through the gate following the stone trail posts to Sierra Vista.

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