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"The protection of the Browns Canyon area will preserve its prehistoric and historic legacy and maintain its diverse array of scientific resources, ensuring that the prehistoric, historic, and scientific values remain for the benefit of all Americans. The area also provides world class river rafting and outdoor recreation opportunities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and horseback riding." “Conservation is a truly American idea. The naturalists and industrialists and politicians who dreamt up our system of public lands and waters did so in the hope that, by keeping these places, these special places in trust – places of incomparable beauty, places where our history was written – then future generations would value those places the same way as we did. It would teach us about ourselves, and keep us grounded and keep us connected to what it means to be American. And it’s one of our responsibilities, as Americans, to protect this inheritance and to strengthen it for the future.” Barack Obama
February 19, 2015
On Sunday we hiked at a brand new National Monument - Brown's Canyon - that President Obama established during his last year in office. Much of the Monument is only accessible by boat (via rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River), but the hiking trail we took was really nice. I enjoyed the combination of interesting rock formations and pinyon trees spread out in the foreground, with the beautiful fourteen-thousand-foot peaks of the Collegiate Range looming in the background.
The Monument, however, was difficult to find. The last time I drove in the area, there was a sign on the main highway indicating the gravel entrance road that leads 2.5 miles to the Monument. However, this time, the sign had been completely removed and there were none on the gravel road. The only sign I could find was the one depicted here, at the entrance to the Monument. I wonder if the Trumper dude told the BLM to remove it?
In any case, I'm looking forward to returning and exploring some more . . .
Photo: Brown's Canyon National Monument, CO, December 10, 2017