Druid Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Druid Arch, a sandstone monolith, some 100' high, remains after everything around it has eroded away. It's made of Permian-age Cedar Mesa Sandstone, which forms the bedrock over much of the Needles District of Canyonlands. The Cedar Mesa Sandstone consists of coastal sand dune deposits, which make up the thick sandstone that makes up most of the arch and the cross-bedded sandstone in the foreground, as well as near shore/shallow marine deposits, which make up the well-bedded rocks in the middle ground.
This is one of my most favorite places. When I last visited here in 2009, I was with my friend Donna, and I almost broke into tears as I walked up the canyon. It had been so long! When I was a college student in Colorado, I was able to get to Canyonlands frequently --and so often made it here. But those days are long gone.
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