Colorful Coal Mine Canyon


There is no paved parking lot. No signs. No shuttle buses. No entrance booth. No park rangers. No rails along the canyon rim.  No guides. No hot dog stands. No mules to take you into the canyon. No Visitor Center. No visitors!  Edward Abbey would approve of this place. In fact, it’s hard to find Coal Mine Canyon listed on any map. You’re suppose to look for the windmill  near a farmhouse and water tank south of Tuba City.  And that’s the way it should be.

 

Coalmine Canyon

Coal Mine Canyon could easily be its own National Park. It is in a remote part of Northern Arizona on the border of the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations. There are remnants of coal deposits in the canyon that the Hopis mined in the past.  But hues of orange, magenta, gold, cyan and yellow dominate the canyon walls. Abstract shapes, patterns, and warped lines grab your attention.

My next post will be of the canyon next door to Coal Mine, Ha Ho No Geh Canyon. These images and more are available as downloadable files or signed prints at Dawn2Dawn Photography

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

The rock formation in the center is called The Ghost. Indian legend has it that a mist forming a ghost of  a beautiful Indian woman would rise up from the canyon floor during a full moon. Her husband and child fell to their deaths along the canyon rim and she would visit the canyon every night searching for them until she eventually died. It just so happened that the day I was there,  a full moon would be rising. But I had to get going as I don’t believe in ghosts.

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

There was one other visitor there, a photographer.

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

 

Coalmine Canyon

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19 comments

  1. Absolutely stunning! What is the blue mineral, do you know? It is amazing to see geological history right before your eyes in layers of color. And to have it pretty much to yourself – priceless.

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  2. Absolutely captivating! I really miss Northern AZ.

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  3. This is absolute amazing photography! They all look so beautiful, I love all the red, gold, and oranges in the photos. It must have been lots of breathtaking views!

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  4. Wow! I want to go there now too!

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  5. I passed through your (extended) neighborhood late last year and can only say that I wish I’d had much more time than was available to me at that time to further explore the wonders that I’ve only been able to see and read about through others’ eyes. The slot canyons are, so far, only a distant dream, but hopefully some day I can experience them myself. I thank you for following my website and am looking forward very much to learning more about yours. -Gary

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  6. Beautiful images. You are right about the canyon’s apparent obscurity…It caught my eye once while flying south of Tuba City and it took a lot of effort to find it on a map in order to identify it in my photos. It’s nice to know that there is still a great deal if “back country” to explore.

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