Mollie’s Nipple

Mollie’s Nipple or Molly’s Nipple is the name given to no less than seven different peaks, one butte, and a water well, and some other geological features in the wilderness areas of southern Utah. In the image below, Mollie’s Nipple stands tall in the middle of the image. In the background distance lay the jumbled rock formations of Lower Death Valley and the Kodachrome Basin State Reserve.

In the image below, Mollies Nipple rises alone above Starlight Canyon, towering over the Vermilion Cliffs and Pilot Ridge just a few miles to the south of the White Cliffs on the Grand Staircase.

Some sources claim Mollies Nipple was named such by John Kitchen; an early pioneer and explorer of Utah. According to early local cowhands, the geologic feature was named as a compliment to John Kitchen’s bride, Molly.  He must have really loved her because he allegedly named no less than seven different places Mollies Nipple to commemorate her nipples. He built his original ranch at nearby Nipple Lake, and the ranch is still there today.

 

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In the image above, Mollies Nipple is on the left-hand side of the image and the White Cliffs are behind in the distance and the Vermilion Cliffs are in the foreground To the right are the cliffs of Starlight Canyon and in the distance is Kodachrome Basin.

It is argued that this geological formation is either a mountain summit or an Inselberg or Monadnock... which is located at the head of Kitchen Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

 

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