This is a 54 mile dirt and gravel road that reaches Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Southern Utah. It should be named “Hole In The Head Road” because you must have one to finish this. It begins near the town of Escalante and The Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. The end of the road is Hole In The Rock, where Mormon settlers used a small gap in the sandstone to reach the Colorado River and beyond in order to settle into Southeastern Utah (More On The Hole in a later post).
Highway 24 is a fascinating stretch of remoteness and anomalies. I’ve never been to Mars but images of its landscape are remindful of the sandstone quirks along Highway 24.
Half the fun of photographing a special place like the Grand Canyon is the drive and adventure to get there. Especially when it’s a remote location such as Toroweap. The drive from Southern Utah into Northern Arizona presents some classic western scenes along the highway where I could picture John Wayne mounting a Calvary charge. (He actually filmed some great movies in this area).
You can drive up to 45 MPH on this stretch of dirt road.
About 20 MPH here.
Zero MPH. I actually decided to back up here. When you’re 70 miles from the nearest town, you don’t take chances. This was at the end anyways.
Just got back from 5 days on California’s Coast again. Photos to follow soon! Didn’t have internet so I’m going thru 650 emails right now and everyone’s posts from this week
Driving and taking pictures is a skill you better have been born with. It’s not something you want to learn on the job. Very dangerous. I believe I was born with the skill or that I get bored when driving through the countryside. You can get creative by using a slow shutter speed while your vehicle is moving. You can also try this as a passenger. Preferable.
Captured these images from a few weeks ago in Northern Arizona. No new shopping malls out here!
Yellow Rock at The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah is yellow but also red, magenta, gold, orange, lime, blue, purple, rust, maroon, amber, tangerine, pink, scarlet, black, azure, brass, bronze, rose, brown, plum, sepia, mustard, sapphire, turquoise, peach, myrtle and even zucchini!
Yellow Rock is difficult to find and very difficult to hike up to. It’s the best thing Bill Clinton ever accomplished as president, designating the almost 2 million acres of the Grand Staircase as protected under the Antiquities Act in 1996. President Obama, before he leaves office, should do the same with the Greater Canyonlands area near Moab, Utah.
These images(Shot 1 week ago) and others can be purchased as prints at What’s New At Dawn2dawn Photography