Sportsmen for Browns Canyon highlighted the Colorado outdoor and wildlife treasure in a video and light show in downtown Denver. NWF Photo Browns Canyon was transported via video show, lights and music to the canyons of downtown Denver Friday night
Sportsmen for Browns Canyon sponsored the light show in Civic Center Park as part of the campaign to designate the outdoor and wildlife gem a national monument. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, sponsor of legislation to make the area a national monument, spoke at the event attended by hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
"We just want to keep Brown Canyon the way it is -- pristine and wild," said Kyle Perkins, coordinator for the coalition. "Our goal with this event is to visually bring this amazing place to the heart of downtown Denver. We want urban residents to experience some of the grandeur and awe of Browns and to support our efforts to protect it for future generations.
Ghost Pixel Visuals, a Denver collaboration of 3-D visual artists, motion designers and music deejays, created and presented the show.
Browns, with its granite rock formations and sweeping views of the Arkansas Valley and the Collegiate Peaks, some higher than 14,000 feet, is home to bighorn sheep, elk, deer, black bears, mountain lions, eagles and falcons. Udall’s bill, cosponsored by Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, would classify 10,500 acres within the monument as wilderness. Existing access and land uses, including hunting, commercial outfitting, motorized travel and livestock grazing, would continue.
Browns offers some of the country’s best whitewater rafting and premier fishing. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently designated a 102-mile stretch of the Arkansas River, which runs through Browns, as a Gold Medal fishery based on the quantity and quality of the trout.
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