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Road trip: Hike to see a rare Colorado flower in the high country

The Eagle Valley Land Trust will guide a hike Saturday to view Harrington’s penstemon in the West Avon Preserve
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EAGLE COUNTY — For many, summertime in Colorado evokes images of vibrant vegetation and beautiful flowering plants carpeting our landscapes. One of the rarest and most fascinating of these plants is Harrington’s penstemon (Penstemon harringtonii). Have you ever spotted one? If you haven’t, then join Eagle Valley Land Trust for a free, guided hike on Saturday to explore the 478-acre West Avon Preserve conservation easement to view Harrington’s penstemon.

50 Locations in Eagle County

Harrington’s penstemon is most often found flowering in June and July in dry, sagebrush landscapes between 6,400-9,400 feet on all aspects. For unknown reasons Harrington’s penstemon has not been found in any other place in the world except six counties in Colorado (Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Pitkin, Routt and Summit) and documented in only 74 locations, totaling an estimated 43,000 plants. Of its 74 documented locations, 50 locations are found in Eagle County.

Understanding the significance of this flower for our community, Eagle Valley Land Trust is offering a free, guided hike on Saturday to explore the 478-acre West Avon Preserve conservation easement to observe Harrington’s penstemon. The hike will start and finish at the June Creek trailhead, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and finishing around 11 a.m. The hike is capped at 30 participants, so RSVP to reserve your spot.

For more information about Eagle Valley Land Trust, visit http://www.evlt.org.


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