Graben in Canyonlands
Here I am at the crest of Dead Horse Point in the Island In the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. The snow capped Manti-LaSal Mountains are in the background. Climbing the sandstone monoliths provided some exhilarating views, but the up-canyon afternoon breezes brought painful quantities of fine dust that clogged a climber’s eyes and his cameras.
Top of Dead Horse Point 1973
I was attracted to the Canyonlands region of eastern Utah by all the geologic oddities and unusual physiography of the area. This photo shows my Jeep in a classic down-dropped graben, formed by the solution of a rising salt diaper beneath the Needles District of southern Canyonlands. This is on the Elephant Hill 4WD trail, on our way to the Joint Trail, a much thinner version of the same phenomenon, formed further south, in Chesler Park. Taken in September 1977.