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Grand Staircase-Escalante Outpost, Utah, 1999

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Striated red-rock mountains capped by a piercingly blue sky overlook a weather-beaten outpost in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Part of southern Utah's "red rock country," Grand Staircase-Escalante was named a national monument in 1996, adding a 1.9-million-acre (768,903-hectare) slice of parched, mineral-rich wilderness to U.S. protected lands.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Celebrating Canyon Country," July 1999, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Len Jenshel

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