Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wilderness of Sandstone

Much what you can see in this image is what is called "slickrock." The rock is smooth and wind-polished with very little vegetation. One reason flash floods are so prevalent is that any substantial rain just runs off and is not sink into the hard rock surfaces. This view of the sandstone wilderness is just east of Escalante, Utah off of Highway 12, one of the most scenic routes in the United States. The road passes over or near to, at least, seven national, state and local parks. It is steep and winding, but worth the drive, except, watch out for bad weather.

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