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Ute Council Tree

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:50 pm
by Matt Markworth
NTS,

Heading south on US 50 through Delta, CO, I noticed a sign on the side of the road pointing the direction to the Ute Council Tree. That was all the convincing that I needed to turn around and see what the sign was all about.

With the car door open and motor running, I jumped out for a quick early morning measurement of the big cottonwood. I believe this is a Rio Grande cottonwood - based on gummy buds, range maps, and that my measurements roughly match a Rio Grande cottonwood in Delta, CO that is on the CO champion list. I measured the tree as 24.2' x 90'.
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Matt

Re: Ute Council Tree

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:33 pm
by dbhguru
Matt,

Congrats! That's a heck of a cottonwood. Colorado seems to have lots of surprises.

Bob

Re: Ute Council Tree

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:56 pm
by Matt Markworth
Bob,

Thanks!

The Medicine Bow Mountains, the San Juan Mountains, and all spaces in between were full of new sights and surprises for me. The aspen show was on full display and started up between Cheyenne and Laramie, kicked into gear in the Medicine Bow Mountains, subsided in Northwestern CO, and kicked into overdrive in Telluride and the San Juans. After spending four weeks there over the past couple years in summer, it was quite an experience to see Colorado in a different season.

Matt

Re: Ute Council Tree

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:00 pm
by ElijahW
Matt,

Thanks for sharing this gnarly cottonwood with us. It's a very old-looking tree. Thanks, as well, for your posts on the other Colorado and Wyoming trees; they're a warm reminder of my travels out there. The West can be at once both desolate and welcoming.

Elijah

Re: Ute Council Tree

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:28 am
by dbhguru
Matt,

The tree challenge for us in Colorado is the competition between trees and the unending array of mountains and gorges. Such overwhelming landscape features leave the trees struggling to be noticed except in lagre patches and in bright colors.

Bob

Re: Ute Council Tree

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:15 pm
by Matt Markworth
Bob,

It'll be interesting to see if any other areas emerge that can compete with Hermosa Creek. Thank goodness Colorado's former largest unprotected roadless area now has some official protection.

Elijah,

I know exactly what you mean of how it can be both desolate and welcoming. I felt the weight of the stark, desolate landscape of Western Nebraska bearing down on me and crossing over into Wyoming and heading into Cheyenne was very welcoming. I stopped there for awhile and it was oddly reassuring to be back in civilization.

Matt

Re: Ute Council Tree

Posted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:01 pm
by Matt Markworth
Just an update on this tree. Looks like in 2017 it was dropping some branches and deemed to be a hazard.

Denver Post confirmation of tree being cut down: https://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/26/ute-council-tree-delta-cut-down/

Photo of 10' stump: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ute-council-tree