Sunday, July 22, 2018

Blocked slide, Zion NP, Utah


Despite its apparently small and tame appearance, the Virgin River is quite an active force in the Zion canyon, tearing away with abandon during frequent flash floods. Complementing this are the slides coming down from the sides occasionally, like this ride slope on the right, which a few years back blocked the river and caused it to tear away the road overnight, stranding people at the lodge upstream. Now cleared and tamed again with the rough rock retaining wall seen here, it is only a matter of time before it bursts loose again to remind us about the forces that shape this land.