The Stillwater Fork of the Bear River flows peacefully through the beautiful Christmas Meadows on a fall afternoon in the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah. A stunningly magical valley located 8,800 feet (2682.24 meters) high in the Uinta Wilderness area of the Wasatch National Forest, this area was once the hunting grounds and summer campsite of the First Nations Shoshone People.
The forest provided the plants and animals for hunter-gatherers; mountain streams irrigated their small crops of maize. Even today contemporary groups such as the Northwest Shoshone, Goshute, Ute, and Eastern Shoshone maintain important cultural and spiritual ties to this magical forest. For the full story on this image visit the corresponding page on Where Eagles Fly