Brilliant sunset light streams under the clouds as the Dolores River streams below. Southwest Colorado.

Dolores Canyon Sunset

Dolores Canyon, Colorado | 2021

Brilliant sunset light streams under the clouds as the Dolores River streams below.

The Dolores River flows southwest from its headwaters at Lizard Head Pass in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride, but as it exits the mountains it takes a sharp turn to the north, flowing through scenic but relatively unknown canyon country along the western border of Colorado. One particularly magnificent stretch of this river canyon is encompassed by the Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area, established in 1980 by the Bureau of Land Managment (BLM). With redrock sandstone cliffs rising over 1,000 feet above the river, bighorn sheep, ancient petrogyphs, and so much more, this area has scenic beauty and pristine wilderness character to rival national parks in Utah, yet it remains unprotected and indeed threatened by industrial development.

The very canyon bottom you see in the photo above is the exact site of a proposed salt injection facility, along with an access road and two bridges spanning the river along the way. (Read more here and here). If this unthinkable sacrifice were to happen, Coloradans would lose a premier canyon wilderness for generations.

In February of 2021, The Colorado Wilderness Act was reintroduced to U.S. Congress and would finally protect the Dolores River Canyon as a designated wilderness area (along with a number of other critical areas needing protection). The act was passed through the House that same month, but has languished in the typical Senate gridlock since then. Will the Dolores Canyon get the protection it deserves and remain unspoiled? I, for one, sincerely hope so. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Glossy Metal Print (Ready to Hang)

Glossy Metal Print (Ready to Hang)
  • My most popular display style!
  • Innovative dye sublimation printing technique infused into a ChromaLuxe aluminum panel.
  • Ultra glossy surface displays extraordinary depth of imagery with vivid colors and deep, dark blacks.
  • The aluminum is mounted on a 1/8" dibond backer for significantly increased rigidity and durability.
  • With a recessed hanging mount, the print appears to float 3/4" off the wall.
  • (more info)

Please allow 2 weeks for production and delivery.

Select a print size:

ArtBoard Matte Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)

ArtBoard Matte Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)
  • This fine art print has a lovely matte finish with a slightly softer and more natural image character compared to the glossy prints.
  • Matte surface laminate completely eliminates all reflection and glare.
  • Excellent choice for huge prints in bright rooms with large windows.
  • Print is mounted on a lightweight, stiff, and sturdy dibond backer that floats 3/4" off the wall.
  • (more info)

Please allow 2 weeks for production and delivery.

Select a print size:

Bamboo Wood Matte Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)

Bamboo Wood Matte Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)
  • Same fine art paper and lovely matte surface as my ArtBoard print option.
  • Mounted on hand-sanded eco-friendly bamboo wood with a beautiful multi-hued edge pattern.
  • Matte surface laminate completely eliminates all reflection and glare.
  • The modern but natural aesthetic is an especially attractive match for homes with wood trim.
  • 3/4" recessed wooden float frame with wire hanger.
  • Available in sizes up to 30" x 40". (more info)

Please allow 2 weeks for production and delivery.

Select a print size:

Acrylic-Glass Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)

Acrylic-Glass Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)
  • The absolute premier glossy print display style available! For those who desire the best of the best.
  • Lumachrome┬« fine art print features a metallic sheen giving the colors a radiant luminosity.
  • Trulife┬« acrylic glass is more scratch-resistant and reduces reflectivity compared to normal acrylic glass.
  • With a recessed hanging mount, the print appears to float 3/4" off the wall.
  • An attractive modern and minimal alternative to traditional glass-framed prints. (more info)

Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and delivery.

Select a print size:

Fine Art Print (Loose Print for Framing)

Fine Art Print (Loose Print for Framing)
  • This is the option if you want a fine art paper print to have matted and framed behind glass.
  • Heavyweight Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag fine art paper with a finely textured satin semi-gloss surface
  • The prints have a white border around the image for easy matting and framing.
  • Outstanding color accuracy, vibrancy and detail.
  • High archival ratings will endure for many decades without fading.
  • (more info)

The loose print is delivered without mounting or framing, so you'll need to handle it with care and take it to a local framer to have it matted and framed as you'd like.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and delivery.

Select a print size:

Not sure which display option to order? This might help.

* Free shipping for all U.S. orders!

** Free shipping for all international Acrylic or Loose Print orders! (more info)


All prints are custom made upon ordering. Production and delivery timeframes range from 2-3 weeks, depending on the display option chosen. Specific timeframes are listed above for each display option.

Related Galleries: Colorado Rockies