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Picture A Day December 23, 2010 - How Boot Canyon Got Its Name

In the middle of the Chisos Mountains at the center of Big Bend is a forested valley known as Boot Canyon. Hemmed in by tall volcanic mountains, this canyon is nearly seven thousand feet in elevation, home to vegetation that once covered most of Texas during the last Ice Age but has since retreated to tiny, remote sky islands such as this, plus a natural spring that feeds a tiny creek leading to the South Rim. So, why is it called Boot Canyon? Because of the iconic rock formation at the junction of Boot Canyon and Juniper Canyon.

 

Find more photos from my 2010 Picture a Day set at: www.flickr.com/photos/matthigh/sets/72157620610035860/

 

You can also view my 2009 Picture A Day set that started it all at: www.flickr.com/photos/matthigh/sets/72157625855768121/

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Taken on October 21, 2010