Hike Beneath the Full Corn Moon Sept. 19

Ah, a full Corn Moon. Don’t you love a good Corn Moon? Corn Moons are the best.

What’s a Corn Moon, you ask? Er, good question. One second while we find out…

OK, it’s the same as a Harvest Moon — the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which usually coincides with harvest season (including good ol’ corn).

Corn beneath a full Corn Moon.
Corn beneath a full Corn Moon.

Learn that tidbit and much more during Durango Nature Studies‘ full moon hike at Falls Creek Ranch, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.

September’s full moon trek will take hikers onto the Falls Creek trail about 8 miles northwest of Durango. The trail winds through the forest and the ridge separating the trailhead from the Animas Valley. Hikers will have amazing views from high above U.S. Highway 550 as the moon comes up over Missionary Ridge.

Durango Nature Studies organizes full moon hikes about 10 months out of the year. The hikes generally last about two hours and are free for members or $10 for nonmembers. A trained naturalist leads about 10 to 15 hikers and talks about the local floral and fauna, nocturnal wildlife, nighttime senses and astronomy events during the trip.  Call 970-769-1800 or email sally@durangonaturestudies.org to register.

If you can’t make this month’s hike, another full moon hike is planned for Oct. 18.

For more information and directions to the trailhead, visit the Durango Nature Studies website. If you’ll be in town visiting, be sure to book your room at the Durango Quality Inn!

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