Colorado and Utah – Echo Park from the Ridge

The view from the ridge down into Echo Park at Dinosaur National Monument. This area is the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers, deep in their canyons. This area was visited by Powell during his trips down the Green and Colorado rivers, settled by the Chew family, and visited occasionally by Butch Cassidy on his trips in and out of Browns Park, Hole in the Wall, and Robbers Roost.

The view from the ridge down into Echo Park at Dinosaur National Monument. This area is the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers, deep in their canyons. This area was visited by Powell during his trips down the Green and Colorado rivers, settled by the Chew family, and visited occasionally by Butch Cassidy on his trips in and out of Browns Park, Hole in the Wall, and Robbers Roost.

Echo Park has a long history that the caption doesn’t fully capture.  You see, back in the early 50’s, the Bureau of Reclamation wanted to build a massive dam in this area and flood it.  This project was opposed by the Sierra Club, in conjunction with its  “place no one knows” strategy.  Sadly the success in opposing the dam at Echo Park led in part to the construction of the dam that flooded Glen Canyon.  Both dams, and really most of the large Bureau of Reclamation projects will have much larger long term consequences than their builders realized or intended at the time, including but not limited to habitat destruction, destruction of the canyons themselves, and unsustainable cities in the American West.

Here’s a larger version of the photo.  You may of course buy it at my main site. http://joshua-house.artistwebsites.com/featured/echo-park-from-the-ridge-black-and-white-joshua-house.html

If you act quickly there is a sale of this image until a minute before midnight(Eastern Time) on the 23rd.  A Christmas Eve Eve Sale!  http://fineartamerica.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=98335

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