Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Needles

This is the visible edge of the Needles Section of Canyonlands National Park. If you want to explore this area further, you will have to walk or go by 4-wheel drive vehicle. The needles are formed by differential weathering caused by erosion due to mechanical abrasion and freezing water in cracks. These sandstone formations are constantly changing, but at a rate that is so slow, that most changes are not visible during a lifetime. It is not unusual to see rocks fall or break away, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sandstone.


  1. The south west pictures you post look so exotic to me. Do the rolling hill and green mountains of the north east look just as exotic to the southwest denizens?

    1. Sorry, but the eastern mountains are very pretty but they are not the Colorado Plateau. My heart is really here.