Also Publish Guide to Canyonlands and Arches
TELLURIDE – Avid hikers Anne and Mike Poe, who have published a handful of hiking guides, are back, this time with an emphasis on Telluride and Utah National Parks.
On stands now in retail stores throughout Telluride and Mountain Village are the husband-and-wife duo’s most recent hiking guides – Southwest Colorado High Country Day Hikes: Telluride and Utah National Parks: Arches & Canyonlands Day Hikes. The two guides are chock full of maps, color photographs, easy-to-understand directions and tables of contents that make selecting a hike quick and easy.
“In our table of contents, we have laid out a system that in two minutes you can find a hike that will fit,” Anne says, adding that the books are designed to offer hiking advice and information to visitors who may not have a lot of time to decide where to go.
“It’s very user friendly,” she says.
The maps and the table of contents even use a color rating similar to what ski areas use so visitors can judge a hike depending on its characteristics including easy (green), moderate (blue), moderately strenuous (dark blue), strenuous (orange), and very strenuous (dark orange). In making their 220-page Telluride hiking book, the two have spent two years on the area hiking over 400 miles of trails to produce the information contained in the book.
“We have spent a lot of time in southwest Colorado in the summertime, and we realized that’s where we should be spending our time because that’s where all of Colorado’s hiking is at,” Mike says. “So we naturally gravitated toward wanting to do this.
“The whole southwest triangle here is a pretty special place,” Anne says. “One thing we did special for the Telluride book is a walk through the historic buildings through town, with descriptions of the historic buildings. So even if someone might not be a hiker, they can still come to Telluride and enjoy a walk like this.”
The Poes have been world adventurers together since their marriage in 1970, and have published two books on bicycling in Southeast Asia, and on hiking in Crested Butte, Ouray and Silverton. Over the past few years, they have spent plenty of time in eastern Utah’s Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, which will, they say, be of interest to all – and that, for hikers in the region, the National Parks book will be of particular interest during the offseason.
“Probably the most important features in these books is how easy and quick it is to find a hike with the way Anne laid out the table of contents,” Mike said. “User-friendly is what we are going for.”
The Telluride hiking guide ($24.95) and the Arches and Canyonlands hiking guide ($17.95) are on sale now throughout Telluride, at the San Miguel County Store, Between the Covers, Clark’s Market, Bootdoctors, and Jagged Edge. The books can also be viewed at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library and the Telluride Visitors Center.
To view the authors’ website, visit hikingbikingadventures.com.