Goodnight and her husband, Roger Brooks, live between the brow of Mesa Verde and the La Plata mountain range, near Helmet Peak. Within a 30-minute drive, Goodnight can explore groves of aspen trees, the headwaters of the La Plata River, the barren alpine tundra above timberline, or the red rock canyons to the south. Herds of elk and deer are abundant, joined by the occasional bear, mountain lion or coyote.
Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 and the Heart of the West exhibition are happening now. The big gala is October 16. Leanne Goebel highlights a few of her favorites from the 42 artist being exhibited.