Southern Colorado...Ute Indian Reservation...evidence of past activities abound. One interesting spot we found was the Target Tree Campground, where you could learn about the Ute's connection with and use of the majestic ponderosa pinetree.
As you hike and explore Colorado, you may come across a large, oval shaped "scar" on the lower portion of a ponderosa pine. This is where the Ute Indians would peel back the bark to gain access to the cambium (inner bark) and sap. The cambium was used for soups, stews and tea, while the sap was made into a sweet candy. These trees were also used for target practice to hone the skills of their warriors.
Relaxing in the crisp air at 7700 foot elevation, Oscar and I talked about the gifts the trees gave the Ute. Oscar was spellbound and a bit dumbfounded. All this time, he thought all the trees in the world were put there just for him . . .