The West: Go and Highball!

Seek ye not gold but water.

—Brigham Young

The land has a fierce and lonely beauty all its own—windswept plateaus, shifting seas of sand, canyons slashing down through layers of sandstone, and, always on the far horizon, mountains of barren granite. Beneath the ground is a fabulous treasure of coal, oil, sodium, magnesium, potassium, uranium. Coursing through the entire region—from Wyoming to Utah and Colorado, on to Arizona, New Mexico and California—is one of the greatest of U.S. river systems. Starting as a trickle in the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado River sweeps south and west to absorb such tributaries as the Gunnison...

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