It was just after 5:00 AM when we arrived at our destination in the remote sagebrush plains of northern Colorado. A chorus of deep, resonant “blooping” sounds grew louder as we walked into the darkness, and turned off our headlamps in order to avoid startling the finicky birds.
The red rock canyons, expansive mesas, and high-desert rivers near Grand Junction, Colorado are a recreation paradise. Hikers and backpackers find solitude among the canyons and hoodoos, and mountain bikers flock to the area for the world class trails that weave in and out of slot canyons.
The last Congress was a mixed bag for conservation, but it ended with a big victory, as Congress protected over 1 million acres of public lands (thanks in large part to the members and supporters of Th