Parunuweap and Mineral Canyons

10:52 p.m. on July 9, 2013 (EDT)
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I did this hike about a month ago, but until I recently got a new memory card reader I could not post them beciase my PC would not read them.

Anyway, these are from a canyon called Parunuweap a Paiute Indian word meaning Roaring Canyon. Its a narrow canyon about 12 miles long near where I work here in southwest Utah.


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Dark canyon in early morning light
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Wall detail


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Mineral Canyon slot only about 10 feet wide and 100 feet deep


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Sunlight shining from above on the Mineral Canyon wall


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A narrow corridor of water carved this canyon over the age mixed with sand,rocks and stones 


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Ancient sand dunes layered stone walls


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Sun and shade


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Horsetail and grasses


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Ponderosa pines,Cottonwood trees


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Worn sandstone walls


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Eroded sand dune layers


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This cliff is 1000's of feet high


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Yucca stalks


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See the horse riders?


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Canyon walls at sunset


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Floods bring different layers of sediments

11:49 p.m. on July 9, 2013 (EDT)
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Love the redrock country.  I wish I had some vacation time so I could visit my parents in Hurricane and spend a few days poking around some slot canyons.

9:48 p.m. on July 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Beautiful shots, Gary.

I expect you'd have to be careful about flash floods? Or is that rare in that kind of country?

10:46 p.m. on July 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Awesome stuff Gary!

10:55 p.m. on July 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Peter1955,

It can be dangerous during the monsoon season in August. Its pretty dry in that area now.

11:29 p.m. on July 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Love the sandstone formations.

11:13 a.m. on July 11, 2013 (EDT)
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beautiful--the color changes in the strata is amazing.  Well done, bub.  Just go careful & with God

1:16 p.m. on July 11, 2013 (EDT)
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Gary,

Good job with the photography.

I find slot canyons to be exciting, dangerous and irresistable. I really like the Paria River Cyn.

9:29 a.m. on July 12, 2013 (EDT)
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Where I live there are many slot canyons. I like Buckskin Gulch that empties into the Paria. Listed as the longest slot canyon in North America at 13 miles long. 

Some spring I would like to hike the entire Paria from near Bryce Canyon to Lees Ferry, 70 miles with a 2000 foot elevation decline. Think spring would be best with snow fall for water. I hiked the Paria from US Hwy 89a to the confluence with the Buckskin and also upstream about 4 miles. I have also biked the Cottonwood Road from Tropic Utah to Big Water Arizona. Its follows parts of the Paria in places.. 

Ever been to the original Paria town site?

6:55 p.m. on July 12, 2013 (EDT)
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Not yet. I like Freedonia for a town site.

7:11 a.m. on July 13, 2013 (EDT)
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Then there is the House Rock Valley Road that goes from west of the Marble Canyon Lodge south to the eastern Grand Canyon and north to US 89 along by  Buckskin Gulch and the Cockscomb and the Paria Plateau Wilderness area. Coyote Buttes "The Wave " is there too.


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The Wave is hiked by permit only/day use only and only  a handfull of people a day.

7:16 p.m. on July 14, 2013 (EDT)
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you make good photographs, Gary.

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