This Saturday find out all you need to know about winter hiking in Colorado National Monument.

I'm not a fan of cold weather so winter sports aren't very high on my "favorite things to do" list, however in my couple of years here I've learned that winter hiking is cool. The cooler weather makes for a more comfortable hike. The summer heat can be unbearable and there is little shade on most trails. In winter the sun feels nice and makes an afternoon outdoors more comfortable. Those sunny, windless 40-45 degree days is nearly perfect.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to do more hiking. The Colorado National Monument proximity and dozens of trails make it the best place for Grand Junction residents like me. I'm no expert, especially on winter hiking. Matter of fact I 've got much to learn so when I saw this cool Saturday event at the Saddlehorn Visitor Center, I had to share it.

Ray Michaels

This Saturday, December 15th at 11:00 AM, Rod Martinez, a  local photographer and author of the pack guide "The Best Grand Junction Hikes", will give a talk about winter hiking in Colorado National Monument and beyond. He'll be sharing safety tips for hiking on snow and ice and much more. If you're interested in attending you'll need to make a reservation. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 970-858-3617 ext. 360. The program is FREE. You will have to pay for the park admission.

Credit: Visit Grand Junction