Up There!

Park the truck. Grab your gear. Cross the dirt road and search for any sign of a trail that will get you through the 100 yards of thick brush that lie before you. Cross the wide, barely dry wash and look for a trail leading into the canyon. Pause at the base of a very steep switch back trail that climbs several hundred feet up a rocky cliff. Ask yourself whether or not this is such a good idea. Climb, climb, rest, climb, rest etc. Once you’ve reached the top and caught your breath, follow cairns (trail markers) along a ridge that eventually leads you to one of the most bizarre landscapes you’ll ever experience.

The place is called Yellow Rock and it’s located in the Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument in Utah. I’d read about it in a guide to photographing the southwest. Looking up from the dirt road way below, you have no idea that something this fantastic awaits you above. Cross-striated rock in multiple hues of yellow, orange, red and white swirl about for as far as you can see.IMG_3342

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