Burnt Mountain in springtime is a special place. It’s so special, you can’t go there.
Avalanche Creek Road in the Crystal Valley traverses severe winter habitat for bighorn sheep and elk, but visitors to this wintertime destination should count themselves lucky to see either of those species.
While this winter’s snowpack, or relative lack thereof, garners all the headlines, the depth of the snow is only half of the story when it comes to water availability in 2021. What’s beneath the ground’s surface, hidden from view, will play an important role in everything from how much water winds up in rivers and reservoirs, to how the wildfire season shapes up.