Mr. Williams Geology Trail dedicated with new signs in Fruita
WHAT: Mr. Williams Geology Trail
WHERE: Snooks Bottom Trailhead, off of Colorado 340
Mike Williams, a Fruita resident since the early 1990s, loved rocks. He taught science at Fruita Monument High School for years and worked hard to instill passion for geology in his students at every turn.
Then in 2007, he tragically died of a heart attack while hiking in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, during a class field trip.
Today, his legacy lives on through two trails in the McInnis Canyons area near Fruita thanks to his wife, Felicie.
For seven years, Felicie researched, wrote and created 23 signs. According to a news release, the route is named “Mr. Williams Geology Trail,” which runs from Opal Hill at Snooks Bottom to Devil’s Canyon in the adjacent McInnis Canyons area. Signs provide information on the land surrounding the trails, as well as geological facts.
“Now other school groups can head out there to learn about the land through those signs,” Fruita Monument High School colleague Carrie McNamera said. “It’s to help educate for future generations.”
McNamera added that Williams strove to understand each layer of rock, and his knowledge is “beautifully illustrated” on the signs along the trails.
Volunteers throughout the community helped place the signs, which span an area totaling three miles. Trails are easy to moderate, each about one-and-a-half miles long.
“Mike was educated in the geological features in the area,” McNamera said. “He lived his life to make sure his students at Fruita Monument High School were made aware of just that.”
The trail was recently dedicated to Williams in memory — as a member of the Fruita community and as an educator.
Directions to the trail head: Take Colorado 340 south of Fruita, heading towards Colorado National Monument and turn right onto Kingsview Road. Take a right again on a dirt road leading you to Snooks Bottom Trailhead.
For detailed information about the trail, visit http://www.coloradowestoutdoors.com.
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