Escalante Staircase

This image is called “Staircase into Clouds”. The lone peak on the left side of this image is Mollies Nipple, a name given to as many as seven peaks, at least one butte, at least one well, and some other geological features in Utah. Some say there may be eleven locations in Utah that bear this name. At least a few of those are attributed to the early pioneer John Kitchen , who named them to commemorate his wife (or bride to be according to some sources).

Zedekiah: “I lensed this photo of the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument whilst flying west-bound, along the the Vermilion Cliffs over Telegraph Flat in southern Utah. In the distance peeking out from under the clouds overlooking the staircase on the left is Powell Point and Barney Top on the Table Cliff Plateau in the Escalante Mountains. The valley to the right of the mountains is called Upper Valley and to the small mountain to the right of that is Canaan Peak. Behind the peak sitting in Potato Valley along the Escalante River is a small, beautiful western town called Escalante.”

To the right of Mollies Nipple are Starlight Canyon, Kitchen Canyon, the Pariah River, Johnson Hole, Hogeye Creek, Snake Creek and the Upper Death Valley. Behind Mollies Nipple from left to right are the White Cliffs with Bull Valley Gorge and Rock Springs Bench. Behind the bench are the Kodachrome Basin State Reserve and small communities of Cannonville and Henrieville. In front of the bench moving further to the middle right side of the image is Hackberry Canyon, Lower Death Valley, Sam Pollack Arch, Rush Beds, The Cockscomb and Cads Crotch and on the far right is Horse Flat.

The Vermilion Cliffs in the forefront are called Pilot Ridge on the left, then Starlight Arch and No Mans Mesa. This is where the Pariah River exists the canyons and is the location of the Paria (sometimes spelled Pahreah) ghost town that was inhabited from 1870 to 1929.

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