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Scenic Color Country explores with photos the beautiful scenery, rugged & massive geology, and ancestral Puebloan archaeology and culture on the massive Colorado Plateau in the intermountain area of the US Southwest; selected examples are exhibited in the cycling banners. While much pleasure can be gleaned from viewing a photo, we believe it becomes more meaningful with its information, so we attempt to bring a photo to life with its story, as nuch as we are able to discover. Mouse-over / touch the SCC sites menu button for an exploding menu of articles as discussed below. A globe icon on a link or menu selection indicates it is an off-site link (NPS, Wikipedia, etc.).
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Scenic Byways includes SB12 up Red Canyon, through Calf Creek Canyon, and over Boulder Mountain; SB95 crossing Comb Ridge and Lake Powell at Hite Crossing; SB128 down unnamed canyons along the Colorado River; SB24 through Capitol Reef; Moki Dugway down dirt switchbacks on Utah 261 into the Valley of the Gods; historic Burr Trail; the rugged White Rim Trail; US89 and historic Navajo Bridge; and Colorado River Bridges.
Canyons and Rivers includes canyons of the Colorado River, Green River, Little Colorado River, Gunnison River, Escalante River, Calf Creek, and Antelope Creek, and photos of a two-day hike across the Grand Canyon.
Geologic Sites displays the awesome and massive geology of the Colorado Plateau with sites like the relatively unknown San Rafael Swell, Monument Valley, monoclines and anitclines, and other geologic sites believed to have formed during the Monument Upwarp and/or the Laramide orogeny. National parks like Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and others, could be listed as geologic sites; they are listed as parks and monuments.
Utah State Parks highlights three of the forty-five Utah state parks, State parks @ Utah.gov in this menu has all of them.
National Parks features several national parks and monuments with links to several popular national parks on the Colorado Plateau.
Archaeology features the culture and ruins of Ancestral Puebloans at Canyons of the Ancients, Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Butler Wash, Cedar Mesa, and other sites in the Four Corners area, which has the greatest concentration of ancient cultures and ruins north of Mexico.
Southwest US Drought is a study of the onging 17-year drought in the Colorado River Basin with data and scenic photos of Lake Powell and Lake Mead, periodic updates, and some of the effects like production cuts in California produce fields and closed marinas at the lakes.
St George is a mid-1800s settlement in the arid Mohave Desert in the southwestern corner of Utah that has blossomed into an oasis in the desert.
Scenic Videos are clips of state and national parks videos. Other Photos includes videos and photos outside scenic Color Country.
Our mission is displaying the outstanding scenery, geology, and archaeology of Scenic Color Country with their stories - enjoy the tour!