Soda Springs Canyon from Island in the Sky

January 23, 2018


Photographer: Steve Cullen
Summary Author: Steve Cullen 

This panoramic view into the Soda Springs Basin, in southeastern Utah, was taken from the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands Nation Park. Island in the Sky, an appropriately named mesa, towers some 1,000 ft (305 m) above the surrounding terrain. In my opinion, this serene spot is unmatched for its sweeping vistas of Canyonlands. However, it's a bit of a hike to get up there, and it requires some rock scrambling too. The Soda Springs Canyon (in the foreground at left), cutting into the broad basin, was formed over tens of millions of years by the fast-flowing Green River (mid-ground at left), a tributary of the Colorado River. Prominent Turks Head Mesa is at right. Photo taken on September 16, 2017.

Photo Details: The wide-field photograph is a panorama comprised of 27 individual images taken at 70 mm focal length; ISO 160; f/9.0.