The Far West is an ill-defined part of the USA, west of the Rocky Mountains
Most people associate it with the old days of the Wild
West when Indians circled wagon trains, cowboys shot each other at noon in front of the saloon and speeding stage coaches were robbed
by masked bandits. And all of this set in the red background of Monument Valley
Those days have long gone, but most of the scenery
remains, from Yellowstone up north in Wyoming to the magnificent Grand Canyon in Arizona to the south.
Paiute and Shoshone lived
in the area long before the first Europeans arrived in the 16th century.
Droves of settlers arrived In the 19th century with disastrous consequences for the Indians.
accessible National Parks and Monuments protect the land and its flora and fauna agains too much human exploit.
These places provide
tourists with ample opportunity to calibrate their nostalgic Wild West ideas against reality.