Browns Canyon is an outdoor recreation mecca, and one of Colorado's most treasured landscapes. It is enjoyed by whitewater boaters, hikers and anglers fishing for trout in of the state's largest stretch of gold metal waters.
In 1902, when this photo was taken, the most majestic canyon on earth had not yet been protected as a national park (though President Benjamin Harrison had named it a forest reserve in 1893). It was, relative to later fame, somewhat obscure.
The latest salvo against public lands, H.R. 1459, would add bureaucratic hurdles and arbitrary limits to the process of designating national monuments, a presidential tradition upheld since the Antiquities Act was first signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and used on a bipartisan basis by 16 presidents since then.