Once the hideout for Butch Cassidy and his gang, the Swell has mre recently resounded to the roar of off-road vehicles , damaging the fragile soil and vegetation on which its eerie beauty depends. Bighorn sheep and the endangered San Rafael cactus are easily harmed by racing motorcycles.
For more on the controversy between the Bureau of Land Management and those who favour a Redrock Wilderness Act to protect the desert, visit www. wilderness.org and http:energy.senate. govhearingsforestsBlkRk_ SanRaf_ 4_26_00 young.htm. Photograph: David MuenchCorbis