National Geographic : 1961 Jul
As we returned, our windshield framed the Never Summer Mountains, fittingly spangled with July snow. Near its source we picked up the brawling Colorado, followed it past lakes and through its first canyon, then threaded Rabbit Ears Pass into the valley of the Yampa River. Near Steamboat Springs a roadside dude ranch made us welcome. Will caught rainbow trout for breakfast (page 45), and afterward we saddled up and rode toward the distant Elkhead Moun tains. All the promise of the West came true for Salt flats in western Utah mark the bed of vanished Lake Bonneville. Water a thousand feet deep once drowned this bleak expanse and lapped distant Silver Island Mountains. Racing cars try for speed records on a salt straightaway be yond the fence. Cradled by mountains, Salt Lake City fills a valley selected by Mormon pio neers in 1847. Domed capitol dominates the city. Wasatch Range rises beyond. KODACHROME(BELOW) BY RALPH GRAYAND HS EKTACHROMEBY DEAN CONGER,NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSTAFF © N.G.S.