Breathtaking Utah

Mesa Arch is one of the many stunning features of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Here, the morning sun glows orange on the rocks of Mesa Arch at sunrise.


These two mesas, named the Monitor (right) and Merrimac after the two famous ships from the Civil War, are on the way to Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. The rocks are red from iron oxide. The broad, light colored expanse of rocks at ground level is the top of a thick sandstone layer called the Navajo Sandstone. The thick red layer that makes the cliffs on the mesas is called the Entrada Sandstone. A flat-topped hill formed by a resistant layer of rock is called a mesa, from the Spanish word for “table.”


Balanced Rock at Arches National Park reminds me of rock formations in a cartoon I enjoyed as a child. The rock on top is the size of three school buses. Balanced Rock is one of the most popular features of Arches National Park, situated in Grand County, Utah, United States.


The Colorado River takes a sharp turn at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.


The Great White Throne (6744 feet) is a mountain of white Navajo Sandstone situated in Zion National Park of southwestern Utah.


Arches National Park is a U.S. National Park in eastern Utah. It is known for preserving over 2000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.


In Canyonlands National Park, the Green River curves south where it will soon join the Colorado River. At the confluence of the two rivers in Canyonlands, you can see that both rivers were aptly named. The water of the Green River is very green, while the Colorado (which means colored red) River carries its colorful load of red silt from erosion.


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