Ecotourism is a strong industry throughout Johnson County, working to support local economies while educating locals and guests alike on how to best use the outdoor spaces that surround us.
Left: Steve Packard picks up a couple of saddle pads as he finds the next horse to saddle before a morning ride to take a group of fishermen back down the mountain. The Flatiron Lake Camp is packed in and set up in mid-June — depending on snowpack — and will come out around Labor Day weekend to avoid early snowfall. Packard is one of several Johnson County locals to help Adam Todd and Black Tooth Excursions over the summer.
Center: Dan Towsley, right, grabs his bag and supplies from the car after fixing up all the guests fly rods during a half day trip in late July on Grouse Mountain. Visiting from out of state, family friends Ed and Mary Clark, left, and Debbie and Chris Baum have been coming to Paradise Guest Ranch for several years to fish.
Right: Arvil Nagpal looks up to the top of the rock he climbed after returning back to the ground in excitement because he made it all the way up. Nagpal had climbed some in a gym but hadn’t done any outdoor climbing, so working with a guide was an exciting way to find the best spots and safely get some experience outside.