May 5th, 2019
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Terminology and history
A canyon is a deep cleft between cliffs that is formed from both the weather (wind and rain) and the erosion caused by a river. A mesa is a large area of elevated land that is flat on top and has cliffs on all sides. A butte is simply a small mesa.
Canyonlands National Park is a large collection of canyons, mesas and buttes carved from the earth by the Colorado and Green Rivers. Declared a national park by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, It is located just southwest of Moab, Utah and a stone's throw from Arches National Park.
Author Edward Abbey, an American author and staunch environmentalist, described the Canyonlands as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere."
Here are some of the photos we took today.
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