Sunday, November 27, 2011

the cold desert

The high desert, in November, is mercurial. For about five hours the canyons are bathed in a warm red light. By four thirty, though, the cold sets in like a vise. We gathered our winter camping attire and our juniper wood and steeled ourselves for a long night. It went on like this for two weeks: camping somewhere on a lonesome mesa, blue sky days, bitterly cold nights. We saw nobody. Sometimes it seemed like we could do this forever.
A double arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Looking into Capitol Reef National Park

On the mesa above Fence Canyon, Glen Canyon NRA

We backpacked to this wonderful campsite.

Some of the narrows of Little Death Hollow

We chased the sun for two weeks. It was a brief escape from the winter that is beginning to grip our mountains, camping in a lonely and wild section of the country. We'll be back for sure.


  1. looks like gods country.
    Where did you get water?

  2. Strangely enough, there was water everywhere. They had a big storm right before we got there. Lucky for us, but not so lucky also because we could not cross the Escalante, which we really wanted to cross.

  3. Wonderful photos...sounds like there were three-dog nights. Luckily, you had three dogs with you!

  4. Love the pictures, especially the last one. Glad you had a wonderful time.

  5. I love that country, thanks for the photo journey.
    I've never winter camped there though, sounds like a cold proposition.

  6. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is active in the efforts to keep these lands in wilderness.

  7. One of Cold desert are in Pakistan. I visited there during a tour in Pakistan but how to find water that's the main question which every one asking.


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