Escal Volcano

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Escalante, Utah

Escal Volcano Terrain

Looking south from a sandstone dome in the area between Red Breaks and The "V" in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Fifty Mile Bench and The Straight Cliffs on the horizon.


Escal Volcano Terrain

The top of a typical sandstone dome in the area.  The rock is Navajo Sandstone.


Escal Volcano Terrain

Flanking the side of a 350 foot high sandstone dome.  Scale figure in upper right will give a sense of size of the domes in this area.


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View almost due south into the Escal Volcano.  This is a difficult feature to find because it is in a deep pocket near the top of a high sandstone dome.  You have to be above it to locate it.


Escal Volcano

Closer view looking south.  The sand in the bottom of the bowl is the most beautiful rippled deep red-orange.


Escal Volcano

View into the bowl to the sand in the bottom.


Escal Volcano

View southwest into the bowl clearly showing the central pillar.  Sand completely encircles the center stone.


Escal Volcaon

Scale figure helps provide some sense for the size of the bowl.  This is somewhat deceptive because the scale figure is still high on the surrounding rim.  This is the approach to descend into the bowl.  Moki Steps have been cut into the sheer side of the bowl below the scale figure.


Escal Volcano

This image provides a better sense for the scale of this other worldly geologic feature.  The moki steps do not appear until you edge out almost to the point of sliding down into the bowl.  It is a bit harry getting to this point but once you have your heal in the top step it's not so bad. 


Escal Volcano Moki Steps

These are the moki steps cut into the shear side of the volcano.   It is much more comfortable going back up than going down.


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View to central pillar from the bottom of the moki steps.  The sand is absolutely beautiful.


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Scale figure again will help provide a sense for the scale of this massive bowl.  Probably in the range of 200 foot in diameter.


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