Taylor Creek Canyon

December 02, 2005

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Provided by: David Woon
Summary authors & editors: David Woon

This photo pair was taken from Kolob Canyons in Zion Nationl Park, Utah, on September 16, 2005. The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek flows through a narrow slot canyon, with walls of reddish-brown, Jurassic era Navajo sandstone, as seen in the picture on the left above. On the adjacent picture, the stream bed itself is shown, where a caustic network of chaotically-lensed light plays through the clear water that runs across a bed of red sand, eroded from the canyon walls. Larger fragments of sandstone, limestone, and other rock are also visible. A 2-1/2 mile (4 km) trail follows and repeatedly crosses the creek, leading to Double Arch Alcove, which cuts into one of the canyon walls. The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park is a bit off the beaten path and thus less frequently visited.

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