Photo by: 
Chris Rourke

The sun beat down, and the afternoon wind picked up. Dust swirled into the air, further intensifying the hot, dry conditions. There hadn’t been rain in days; in fact, there barely had been any cloud cover.

It was time to head to the river.

The Gunnison Valley has been in a pattern of parched weather as of late. Monday afternoon, locals and visitors alike congregated along the banks of the Gunnison River. Some were fishing, others rafting. Some just went for a splash to escape the July heat.

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