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On Monday I did a day hike to a place called Red Cave, its a very narrow slot canyon fairly short but very nice to be in. Its near me, not over in Zion NP. It was about a hours walk from the highway from near where I work.
Old tree stands near the entrance to Red Cave ahead. The sand is really that pink and the stone is very red.
Red,white and blue takes on a whole new meaning when looking up from the entrance to Red Cave
Also looking up the canyons outer wall contrasts against the inner darkness. Takes a moment for the eyes to adjust to the low light ahead of me
Black shadowed walls against red,green white and blue
Red sandstone walls that used to be sand dunes perhaps millions of years ago, now packed together and eroded down into a slot canyon
Water once made the slot look like this crack coming down Red Caves side wall and slowly opened up to make the 2-3 foot wide slot it is today. Some places where slot canyons are if you are walking along so called Slickrock, you'll come to a crack like this in the stone. Beneath it may be a slot canyon opening up from water gouging it out after many rainstorms
Millions of microscopic layers of once wind blown sand now petrified into stone make up the walls
An old layer of sand still sticks to the wall 2 feet above the current sand. The sand was cold to the touch and is as pink as can be.
A sandstone wall curves around above
Layers of stone and curves everywhere as erosion has channeled out the slot
Looking straight up to see the curves and points of the slot above
Turning around and looking up again from the opposite wall
Looking back the way I came towards where the sunlight is striking the walls
More curves and light from above
About a 1/10th of a mile in the water left from the last rain or snow melt stops me as the sand in these slots is more like silt and the mud in the bottom of such pools is cold and sticky. Thought it was interesting how the water has soaked into the wall above the pool about a foot or someone else tried to wade past splashing the water onto the walls
A 2 foot diameter chock stone that fell into the slot from above ahead in the dark recess
View of the water trap and the chock stone
Primary colors in the light and stone colors of the inner walls
Gravel washed down from above the slot lays in the pink sand near the water trap
The slot twists one way the back the next
Fluted walls show many years of natures work polishing and gouging the stone as the sand,silt and stones come washing down with floods of water
Sand drifts up and around the curves of the slot of Red Cave
Stone alcove above the entrance to Red Cave
Looking up to focus on the outer world of the slot
Me in Red Cave after a great hour of pictures and exploration
Sometimes in the summer months when its warmer, hot in fact animals like snakes.lizards and mammals wander unknowingly into these slots. Some wander back out or stay looking at the cool land forms. Sometimes they are in at the wrong time when flash floods come roaring down and get swamped and killed. I have seen Bog Horn Sheep, deer,rabbits and other critters that did not make it out in time in the many slot canyons in the Arizona/Utah area.