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Trees and Cliffs, Red Rock Canyon

Trees and Cliffs, Red Rock Canyon. Red Canyon, Utah. April 5, 2012. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Scattered trees below eroded red sandstone cliffs, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Utah.


During out April Utah visit we drove from Zion National Park to Moab, where we would visit Arches and Canyonlands National Park. We debated whether to take the quick and efficient route or the slow and scenic route from Zion to Moab... and of course the slow and scenic route won out. This took us on a range to sometimes-twisty two-lane highways, starting with the Mt. Carmel road through Zion, then up through the Dixie National Forest, past Red Canyon and then Zion, across the drainage of the Escalante, through part of the Capitol Reef National Park, and finally taking a long, lonely road north to highway 70. There was a lot to see along this route - too much, actually, for the single travel day we had allocated to it.


On a trip filled with surprises - this was my first visit to Utah in a long, long time, and my first time photographing there - this day was filled with more than its share. Among them was the drive up Red Canyon. Being focused on the well-known national parks and monuments I had completely overlooked this place - but it turns out to be a wildly colorful place of brilliant red cliffs and towers, many very close to the highway as it ascends the canyon. I made this photograph very close to the beginning of the red rock country as we arrived from the west.


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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Taken on April 5, 2012