CROSSING southwest Colorado Plateau is absolutely unforgettable and mesmerizing as light and shadows highlight natural formations everywhere. Colorful rocks and unspoiled vistas greet you on such a vast scale -- created over eons of time and carefully refined by nature. The result is unique and matched nowhere else on earth. Human artistry pales compared to the natural beauty found here! The magnificent centerpiece is Arizona's Grand Canyon, a deep rock canyon carved into the plateau for 227 long miles, measuring 18 miles in width and a mile deep. This creation has been in progress for six million years and is still evolving.
The canyon is well known for its overwhelming size and intricate colorful landscape. Its ancient rock walls reveal a record of geologic history that documents our North American continent. So I had to pause at the canyon rim to gaze at the vast view and ponder it's beauty. Anyone who visits will come away with a renewed personal appreciation of this natural wonder.
As you might expect, there are many other works of nature to enjoy on the Colorado plateau, including the mile wide Sunset Crater (dramatic evidence of earth's volcanic rebirthing), the Pertified Forest and Painted Desert (a fascinating study of preserved sand dunes mineral composition), and the Wave (lakebed sandstone formations gently folded and buckled during our earth's evolution.)
Words can't adequately describe the beauty and scale of these natural formations, so you have to place them on your "bucket list" and make time to see it it for yourself.
Miles 5405, Week 60, Weather 35°F❄️