Many of the towns in Colorado were built around mining. The unfortunate legacy of the mining history is large piles of toxic tailings that pollute the water and prevent regrowth of the vegetation. Now a days, those same towns depend on recreation to power the economy, skiing in the winter, and biking, hiking, and fishing in the summers and fall. While theses activities are not with out their own impacts, they compel us to be better stewards of the land.
In this photo a mountain biker rides by gold mining tailings and golden fall Aspen trees in French Gulch near Breckenridge, Co.
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