Good morning CKJ...
In Colorado, there are numerous sources for driftwood, just like in your area. This is the perfect time of year to go looking for wood and rocks. You'll need the rocks to weigh down the driftwood. The pieces you find just need to be rinsed off well with the pressure nozzle on your garden hose and let them dry in the sun. Repeat the process if you feel the need.
I put my pieces in the tank when I do a large water change with the water level lower by half, it makes "aquascaping" a lot easier. I have drilled holes in pieces of driftwood and attached Java fern and Banana plants to them with black sewing thread. Then you can plant more Java fern, Crypts and Anubias on the bottom of the tank. I'll attach a pic to give you some ideas. This is kind of an experimental tank I use to plant new plants to see if they'll work in my other tanks.
There's really no mystery to the process. Use your imagination and judgement as far as selecting the pieces.
Go for it and have some fun!
"Fear not my child, just change the tank water."
Last edited by BBradbury; 08-10-2011 at 02:22 PM.