At the request of the Elko Convention Center and Nevada’s Commission on Tourism I toured French journalist Aliette de Crozet, through “Cowboy Country” June 9 and 10.
The tour began at the Western Folklife Center’s Black Box theater with the beautiful short, “Why the Cowboy Sings,” and the Baja Cowboy exhibit in the gallery. The California Trail Center, Thomas Canyon and Lamoille were next before the group left Elko northbound to the Cottonwood Guest Ranch.
Just outside Elko one of the party snapped a photo of Aliette and I in front of the old Halleck Post Office where they stopped to look behind the old Post Office at wagon ruts from the late 1800’s California Trail.
The group spent the night at the Cottonwood and toured the ranch which partners with other area ranches holistically managed. Part of the ShoeSole Management system, these ranches move cattle regularly to rejuvenate grasslands, and encourage desirable forage, a process which actually sequesters carbon in the soil. Crozet witnessed the unique system for managing cattle that encourages healthy land and sustainable future, the motto of Holistic Management. After a quiet night in Cottonwood’s luxurious Retreat Center and healthy breakfast they returned to Elko where she boarded Amtrak for her return to France via Salt Lake City.
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