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Mud Flow Staircase

Mud Flow Staircase

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, August 5, 2016/Categories: natural history, environment, adventure

                                    Grand Staircase Escalante NM  (credit: SWP Media)

The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah consists of broad sandstone buttes, vast curving ampitheaters, and deep-walled ravines that bisect the arid, high desert, canyonlands.

The solitude of these vast landscapes draw visitors from the US, Europe, and elsewhere to drive the winding roads or to walk on wilderness tracks through the redrock. Rains are sparce and when they do arrive, particularly with Summer monsoons, the large rock drainages and narrow canyons can become danger zones.

A lucky geologist observed this monsoon event from a safe position while walking above a river bed in the Vermilion Cliffs region along the Utah/Arizona state line:

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