Morning photo: Wild west

Wide open spaces …

Sunset in Palisade, Colorado.

Photos by Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — I pulled together today’s photo essay as I was preparing for the popular Twitter #Expchat, a weekly forum for sharing travel information. I was struck by one thing: In all the thousands of tweets relating to travel in the West, not a single one mentioned shopping, nor did anyone say they wanted to visit Colorado and the West to look at gas drilling rigs. That’s not really a surprise. It’s the region’s wide open and protected spaces that are the real draw, and lawmakers, policy makers and other involved in developing management policies for these lands should take heed.

Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Navajo National Monument.

Western wildlife.

Saddle Mountain Wilderness Area, Grand Canyon.

View from an I-70 rest stop in Colorado.

Bristlecone pines, Mt. Evans, Colorado.

Buffalo.

Western Columbine.

Red rocks camping in Utah.

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