In the high peaks of the San Juan Mountains sits the ski mountain and town of Telluride. The land was originally inhabited by the Ute people, who were pushed off their sacred land by white people drawn west to mine. Since then the mining has stopped leaving behind collapsing buildings and forgotten tunnels to remind the land of its white washed history. A ski resort has over taken carving trails through the mountain and drawing a new crowd to the area. This new wave of people has brought with them a lost love a passion for the land. The community worked together to buy a portion of the valley floor to prevent it from being further developed, and has turned it into conservation land. The ever-changing landscape still continues to host a variety of
wildlife evident through tracks in the snow, many encounters with chickadees, siting of a pair of mountain jays, and the remains of a porcupine. The trees that dominated the landscape were aspen and firs showing predominantly dormant signs.