66 La Sal Battlements, Utah

(© 2005 M. Childers)

Here Mt. Tomasaki, 12,230 ft. on the left, and Mt. Peale, 12,721 ft. on the distant right, in concert with many other lesser craters and cones, first melted then erupted in volcanic splendor through the sandstone layers that now run under Utah’s, La Sal Mountains.

Imagine being able to stand on that ancient rolling plain and watch the volcanoes blow their ash plumes thousands of feet into the sky. Then, imagine the time it would take to wash away enough of the plain you were standing on to create this formidable tableau. Image exposed at about 1,500 ft. above the pediment. May 2002.