Artists explore Red Desert’s cultural, natural landscapes

Artist David Jones works in the Red Desert. Jones and Patrick Kikut created an exhibit about the desert that runs through June 30 at the University of Wyoming Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center lobby. Courtesy photo

Wyoming’s Red Desert is one of the most remote places in the Lower 48, but even in its farthest reaches, one can’t go long without encountering some sign of humans.

When artists David Jones and Patrick Kikut explored the desert last summer and fall, they encountered ancient sheepherder camps and in-progress construction projects.

They followed well-worn game paths while jetliners left vapor trails through the sky.

“No matter how remote of an area you can try to seek in the Red Desert, or anywhere that I’ve seen in

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