National Geographic : 1964 Apr
Fletcher as he started us on the Navajo Loop Trail (page 563). "Later pressures turned it into Wasatch limestone, a pinkish stone easily eroded by wind and rain. Its hardness varies, hence the variety of forms." At Grand Canyon's Inner Gorge, we had seen some of earth's oldest rock: pre-Cam brian deposits dating back nearly two billion years. The formations at Bryce are chiseled in stone laid down scarcely 55 million years ago, only yesterday on the geological calendar. Clele pointed along the Pink Cliffs and said: "People have worn out dictionaries trying to describe this scene, but I think the Paiute Indians did it best. They said 'unka timpe-wa-wince-pockich,' meaning 'red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.' " From Bryce Canyon National Park we drove to "little Bryce"-Cedar Breaks Na tional Monument-and parked in the pret tiest campground of the trip. At 10,280 feet we forgot the heat of weeks in deserts and canyons; we looked across an alpine meadow dotted with white columbine, Indian paint brush, and goldenweed. Above our heads the Engelmann spruce sighed a continuous gentle complaint against the wind. sheep thrive where cattle would go hungry. White pelican casts a mirror image in Bear River KODACHROMES© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Migratory Bird Refuge, haven for millions of fowl. Donna Gray touches history beside a Mormon boy in bronze. Salt Lake City's Hand Cart Monument honors pioneers who walked from the Missouri River to Utah in 1856 and 1857, pushing their belongings.