About Margaret Emerson

Margaret is a writer, designer, ecopsychologist and the author of the book, Contemplative Hiking Along the Colorado Front Range. She holds a bachelor’s in Art/Graphic Design from San Diego State University and a master’s in Ecopsychology from Naropa University.

Margaret facilitates free group contemplative hikes  in the San Juan mountains of Colorado, mostly in the summer, through her Facebook group here.

Her vision is to inspire people to realize the intrinsic value of nature.

She resides with her husband and dog, Skillet, in Ridgway, Colorado.

More About Margaret

Margaret was destined to fall in love with the mountains of Colorado. When she was twelve years old, her family drove across country from Detroit, Michigan to San Diego, California on a 3-week long vacation with their Airstream trailer in tow. Margaret had always been enchanted with photos of mountains, but had never seen them in person. As they drove through Nebraska and approached Denver, she looked at the looming line of snow-capped splendor to the west with a little bit of fear and a lot of excitement. Driving through the heart of Colorado along I-70 and camping in the woods at 10,000 ft. was one of the most memorable moments of her life.

After she graduated from high school, she moved to San Diego with her family, finished college, and spent another few years living close to the ocean. But her true love was the mountains, and when she left California for Colorado, she never looked back.

Margaret now lives in the suburbs of Denver with her husband, daughter and Jack Russell Terrier. Even though the Front Range is an amazing place with a lot to offer any outdoor enthusiast, she is particularly hypnotized by the San Juan mountains, which are pictured below. The bottom photo depicts a serene pastoral scene not far away from where the first photo was taken.

She knows the feeling of timelessness and power when you’re surrounded by these mountains. Worries seem puny and your imagination soars when you contemplate the silence and mystery of the peaks. The summits are often dangerously windy, shrouded in mist or snow, and allow only the most enduring and hearty of creatures to survive there.

Margaret hopes to spend most of my time contemplating those mountains, and leading people to discover where their own soul resides.

Sneffels Range Ridgway
Hot air balloons often take off and land on clear summer mornings along the Dallas Divide in Ridgway, Colorado.

One thought on “Bio”

  1. Hi Margaret,
    It was good to connect again today. And I look forward to more.
    Love your site — beautiful and simple.
    My site, such as it is, is not quite a blog. I’d like to learn more about the person who helped you get yours started…
    In the meantime, I’ve shared yours with several hiking friends.
    To contemplation! Sid

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