Colorado: Sage Spirit and Roaring River

Dave Showalter and Braided River
November 2018 to March 2019
A Gates
Y-Juncture Gallery, located past the A-security checkpoint

A two-part narrative photography exhibit featured Colorado rivers and wildlife. The vibrant photos offered DEN passengers a true Colorado experience, inside the airport.

Passengers took a journey through the "Colorado: Sage Spirit and Roaring River" photographic collection of award-winning photographer Dave Showalter where stories of Westerners paired with Colorado wildlife such as Gunnison sage-grouse, sandhill cranes, bison, bull moose and white-tailed ptarmigan. The exhibit also featured the Colorado and Yampa rivers and such locations as La Poudre Pass, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and McClure Pass.

Photo Gallery


Dave Showalter is based in Colorado and chronicles the American West through images and stories. Showalter’s work has been featured in several publications, books and calendars. His work explores the beauty, ecological diversity and human use of sagebrush country in Colorado and the West.

In his book, "Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads," Showalter says, "These sagebrush lands hold a promise. The Sage Spirit vision—connecting wilderness, public, and private lands to conserve the heart of the West—and passing on a proud western legacy are still within our grasp."

Braided River is the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books, an independent nonprofit publisher based in Seattle. Through photography books that lead to multimedia presentations and exhibitions, Braided River works to protect western North America's remaining public lands.

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