It's no coincidence that the Colorado National Forest Wilderness Act passed three days before Christmas 35 years ago. On Dec. 22, 1980, Colorado and the citizens of our great country gained 1.4 million acres of wilderness, including the 122,396-acre Holy Cross Wilderness. Located in between the recreation hubs of Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge, our Holy Cross Wilderness is truly a gift from that generation to ours and all to come.
With lakes, rivers, creeks, and healthy habitat for hundreds of species, the Holy Cross Wilderness is a photographer and angler's paradise. The area is home to incredible scenic views and blue-ribbon trout fishing opportunities. Colorado's Continental Divide is one of my favorite places to photograph, and photography ultimately led to me to start my small fishing products business, Fishpond. But these mountains are more than an inspiration. I depend on protected lands and waters to keep my business booming.