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Comb Ridge Utah Near Mexican Hat
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Just when you think you can't be surprised by another rock formation another one shows up right around the corner. In this land of sweeping mesas, massive buttes and towering rock sires, Comb Ridge is something else again.
Tilted at an angle of almost 20 degrees, Comb Ridge is an ancient rock formation tapered along the desert landscape of southeastern Utah. Basically it is a rock wall, or expressed more correctly, a monocline a big step in the earth's surface. It stretches north-south for almost 80 miles from the Abajo Mountains north of Blanding, Utah, all the way to Laguna Creek east of Kayenta in Arizona. In 1976 it was designated a National Natural Landmark. It seems at its most impressive between Bluff and Blanding, roughly, with 191 and 95 cutting through it. When you are approaching it from the bottom end you feel the way an ant might feel when it approaches your garden wall.
In stunning colors, this wall rises above green Comb Wash down below. From the top end you approach an undulating edge till you see the road cuts through it and then dips to the bottom far below. The colors of this "indian blanket" design are absolutely stunning; natural rock art in psychedelic pastels: this is a very special sight. The first time you approach it you simply have to go WOW!!! and your jaw drops.
September 17th, 2013
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