Recently, a few prominant Sp-members did Navajo
Mountain, and that jarred my memory of this
particular photo taken from the mountain's 10,346'
This is looking north, (from Arizona into Utah),
with the colourful and remote Kaiparowits Plateau
seen rising nearly 4,000 feet over the northern
shores of dark-blue Lake Powell.
Yes, Navajo Mountain itself is a lofty laccolith, with
its dome-shaped or "whale-backed prominance" seen from
several locations within both Arizona and Utah. The
reason it is considered sacred to the Navajo Nation is
it is a "snow-catcher," meaning that it "catches" snow
every winter. This precious snow, along with a few
natural springs, (such as Warbonnet Spring on the mountain's south side), provide water to
an otherwise parched and arid landscape.
Nevertheless, civilization has evidently found its way
to Navajo Mountain's lofty summit, in the form of
communication towers and maintenance buildings. As far
as natural rescources go, there are still a fair
amount of Ponderosa pine trees living on the broad
summit area of this sacred mountain.
This photo was taken several years ago by photographer
Gary Ladd. It was when the water levels of Lake Powell
were much higher and more substantial.
Do you see 290-foot high Rainbow Bridge? It's located
at the far left center of the picture, inside
Bridge Canyon and to the left of the prominant red
sandstone outcrop. It stands as a monument to time and
the elements. (If you CLICK on the picture, you'll see
both the bridge and its shadow.)
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