Anticline Overlook, Utah  September 2, 2016

This is one of my favorite overlooks in southern Utah. It's located in the BLM's Canyon Rims Recreation Area, near the popular (i.e., crowded) Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, each of which draws hundreds of thousands or millions of visitors each year. Despite the proximity to those overrun parks, fewer than 20 people a day make it out here to the Anticline Overlook -- and that's during the busy season.  And frankly, that's just fine with me.

The prominent mesa in the foreground is Amasa Back and the Colorado River lies in the background, near a potash mine (the blue ponds).  Behind the ponds, you can see the anticline -- a large "A" shaped feature indicating a geologic uplift.  The sandstone fin region to the northeast is an area called "Behind the Rocks," one of the least explored areas in the Lower 48 states.

  • To see my 360-degree panorama photo, click here.