Stories from the Crown

The Crown of the Continent is stitched together by larger-than-life wilderness and the people who live, work and play there.

Read the stories of the people who live in the Crown of the Continent and who are inspired by its wild open spaces.

Gloria's story

Some people are simply born in the wrong place. Gloria Flora was 16 years old when she saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time and realized she was one of them.

  • In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub

  • When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I grew up, my mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since, w

  • The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.