There’s a place in Zion National Park that few people venture. It is accessed along the Chinle Trail that is not well-known. Over the years that I’ve hiked the trail, I’ve noticed some clay beds a few hundred yards off the beaten path but didn’t think they presented much of a photo op. I finally decided to check it out and I’m glad I did!
With a foot or two of fresh snow, Bryce Canyon National Park was a required venture. The hoodoos never looked better. The weather forecast called for a high of 20 degrees(F) with a windchill of minus 22, so I quickly took care of business.
Also known in geologic terms as the Chinle Formation located at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This spot is located at the old Paria Movie Set where The Outlaw Josie Wales was filmed. I half expected Clint Eastwood to come walking out of the landscape. These were shot an hour or two before sunset and with the clouds, made for some great light!
Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah is often called the mini-Bryce. Similar to Bryce Canyon National Park but not quite as hoodooish(New Word).
Paw Hole is an area at South Coyote Buttes that is part of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona. Its unusual sandstone rock formations are a photographer’s playland.
The location for these clay beds is very close to my formerly somewhat secret spot of colorful clay beds.
Constant erosion from wind and water over the last 200 million years have produced some sandstone oddities that are worth the effort to drive to. White Pocket is about 20 miles from any paved road so few venture to it. The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a place that deserves protection. See all my photos at Dawn2Dawn Photography
Zion National Park’s Cave Valley is located in the Kolob Terrace section of the park and straddles private property. Actually, about 16 acres of the images you’ll see here are for sale! Great place to build a new home. The views! The caves here contain Native American Indian pictographs and petroglyphs but are difficult to find.