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Canyons | Mesa Verde | Arizona
Moon over Springdale
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Just outside Zion Canyon is the town of Springdale, Utah, from where we saw this.
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Looking down the canyon. This was back when you could actually drive through most of it.
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Bryce Canyon isn’t so much a canyon as it is the edge of a basin where erosion has created fantastic ridges and fingers of rocks. This photo is taken from Paria View [sic], and you can see the afternoon rains starting up in the distance.
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Desert View. This viewpoint gives you both a sense of scale and a view of the Colorado River that carved the canyon.
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The largest ruin of the cliff dwellers at Mesa Verde, Cliff Palace is also open to park visitors (or at least it was in 1991).
Cliff Palace Closeup
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While the original inhabitants simply climbed down the face of the cliff, the park has provided an actual trail.
Square Tower House
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Named for the remaining tower visible on the right.
Clouds over San Fransisco Peaks
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A volcano, Sunset Crater is so named because of the shaded coloring of its slopes.
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This part of Arizona gets its name from the myriad colors of dirt and rock.
Looking Back at Laughlin
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Laughlin sits on the Nevada side of the Colorado River. You’ll notice there are no casinos on the Arizona side.
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