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Seeing the Not-So-Obvious in Willow Canyon

Updated: Feb 13, 2023

It is easy to get seduced by the beauty of Willow Canyon, but pushing beyond the superficial reveals the profound.

There's always a bit of anxiety when visiting a canyon for the first time. There are concerns about personal safety, personal comfort, and route-finding. Everything you are seeing is new and you are trying to commit important places to memory. And then you have to get back.

Afternoon light in lower Willow. Photo: © Donald J. Rommes

That's true of a canyon like Willow Canyon—one of the Escalante Canyons in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. After the initial trepidation however, this canyon reveals little to fear. You are then free to appreciate its physical beauty.

IIt usually takes several visits to be able to focus on the smaller things. Take it from me. I made multiple trips into Willow before I was able to appreciate the subtleties.

Nancy examining a petroglyph panel in Willow. Photo: © Donald J. Rommes.


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