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Along Chesler Park Trail in Canyonlands National Park
Along Chesler Park Trail in Canyonlands National Park
This photograph was taken looking up at the many layers of rock. Some of the layers are tan, some are red, and some are gray. Their ridges are smooth and rounded. Bushes and other plants are at their base.
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Along Peek-a-boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
Along Peek-a-boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
Fins, arches, and hoodoos can be seen in this photograph taken from Peek-a-boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Angels Landing Trail, viewed from above, Zion National Park, Utah
Angels Landing Trail, viewed from above, Zion National Park, Utah
Hikers on Angels Landing Trail, viewed from above, in Zion National Park, Utah. The trail was cut from a sheer drop of solid rock in 1926 and remains one of the park's most spectacular construction wonders. The top offers wonderful views of Zion Canyon. This...
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Animal petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock near Monticello, Utah
Animal petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock near Monticello, Utah
A detail of Newspaper Rock at Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument near Monticello, Utah. The petroglyphs depict what appear to be deer, lizards, bison, footprints, and a man riding a horse, among other figures. Newspaper Rock is one of the largest and most...
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Arch on Peek-a-boo Trail
Arch on Peek-a-boo Trail
This photograph was taken looking through an arch on Peek-a-Boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. The arch is in a shadow and beyond it the Canyon's land formations can be seen.
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Arches Monument Utah
Arches Monument Utah
The land formations in Arches National Park have been evolving over millions of years. Rocks seem to balance atop pillars and plants live despite the harsh conditions.
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Arches National Park at sunset
Arches National Park at sunset
The sun is setting and is partially obscured by a bank of clouds. Some of the land formations at Arches National Park can be seen in silhouette.
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Balanced Rock at Arches National Park
Balanced Rock at Arches National Park
The size of three school buses, Balanced Rock appears to be precariously perched on its pedestal. The red sandstone landform has eroded over millions of years. Next to Balanced Rock is a smaller balanced rock called “Chip Off the Old Block.” This...
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Beautiful cliffs of Bryce Canyon
Beautiful cliffs of Bryce Canyon
Erosion and frost-wedging have carved away the limestone to form the beautiful cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park. This photograph shows the the beauty of the colors and rock formations which can be seen for miles in the distance. Trees cling to the edges...
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Blooming Cactus in Canyonlands National Park
Blooming Cactus in Canyonlands National Park
The beautiful flowers of the Claret Cup Cactus grow amid the long white spines of the plant which is growing in a rock face along a trail in Canyonlands National Park. The cacti provide food for rodents living in the harsh landscape.
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Blooming cactus in Zion National Park, Utah
Blooming cactus in Zion National Park, Utah
A cactus, possibly a type of prickly pear, blooms in Zion National Park, Utah. Zion National Park is home to some of Utah's most diverse flora and fauna. It hosts over 900 species of plants, including at least 8 common varieties of cacti and many more succulents....
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Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
This photograph was taken next to a tree and is looking off to the side of the Canyon. Several pine trees can be seen in the foreground. Land formations including hoodoos can be seen along and in front of the canyon cliffs.
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
This is a fantastic view of the Bryce Canyon National Park landforms and the surrounding topography. White, tan, terracotta, pink, and gray are some of the colors that can be seen in the fins and arches of the canyon.
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Three people stand on the top of hill surrounded by Bryce Canyon land formations. They appear to be looking down at something, maybe a map or trail guide. The vivid blue sky brings out the beauty of the hoodoo and fin land formations along the trail. A few...
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Four people are standing on a trail next to a pine tree that appears to be falling over. The walls of rock along the trail are very high and the hikers look very small in comparison. Two of them have their back to the camera and are in deep shadow.
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Shadows add to the variations of colors in the landscape of Bryce Canyon. White and tan layers of color can be seen in the hoodoos and other rock formations which make up this “amphitheater” in the park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Snow lies in deep depressions and crevices on the side of a cliff in Bryce Mountain National Park. Evergreen trees cling to the sides of the cliff and provide contrast to the red and tan soils on the cliff.
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Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
These pinnacle shaped land formations are called hoodoos and are found in Bryce Canyon National Park. Formed of sedimentary rock, slightly acidic rain water has washed away the limestone and “frost wedging” cracks the the rock. In this photograph,...
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Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Spectacular colors can be seen in the layers of sediment in this photograph taken in Bryce Canyon National Park. There are pinks, purples, terracotta, tan, and white layers.
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Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
This photograph shows the beautiful expanse of the canyons of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Sheer cliffs drop to the bottom of the Canyon which is lush with pine, spruce, and fir trees.
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