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Cedar Mesa: A Place Where Spirits Dwell (Desert Places)

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High on the Colorado Plateau lies a uniquely magical desert place: a land of sandy mesas and slickrock escarpments, an elegant maze of vertical-walled, vertigo-inspiring canyons plunging to darkened depths. Cedar Mesa, Utah, is a place frozen in time. A land that can only be adequately explored on foot or horseback, Cedar Mesa offers adventurous visitors magnificent examples of all the topographic and geologic wonders that define "canyon country" throughout the Southwest: stone arches, natural bridges, and breath-sucking precipices, plus hidden springs, hanging gardens, and a treasure of pre-Columbian Indian ruins. Now a writer and a photographer who have roamed the Mesa for more than twenty years—and know many of its well-guarded secrets—offer an intimate look at a place where solitude and silence go hand in hand. Animated by towering "hoodoos"—sandstone formations eroded to resemble all manner of spooky beings—Cedar Mesa is, in David Petersen's words, "an undulating expanse of erosion-sculpted slickrock like petrified ocean swells." He and Branson Reynolds share insights into the natural and human history of the region; they provide a panoramic overview of the Mesa, then take readers on a personally guided descent into the canyons, where hikers can expect to encounter wildlife, prehistoric ruins, stone sculptures, and hidden pools. While providing details regarding much-visited locales, Petersen and Reynolds are more concerned with conveying an overall sense of the area's mystical beauty—capturing the spirit of ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings but keeping their locations secret so that their magic will not be lost. With its relative lack of roads, campgrounds, and maintained trails, Cedar Mesa is an Eden for personal discovery and hands-on adventure. But "be it known," advises Petersen, "that this is not yet another hand-holding, give-it-all-away, chamber-of-commerce-style 'backcountry' guidebook, of which there are far too many already." He and Reynolds have instead fashioned a book to celebrate and interpret "one of the most palpably spiritual natural places remaining on the American continent"—and to instill in readers the importance of protecting it forever.

Synopsis:

A writer and a photographer who have roamed the Utah mesa for more than twenty years offer an intimate look at a place where solitude and silence go hand in hand.

About the Author

David Petersen is the author or editor of twelve books, including Writing Naturally; Heartsblood: Hunting, Spirituality, and Wildness in America; and The Nearby Faraway: A Personal Journey through the Heart of the West. Branson Reynolds' work has appeared in such major publications as Outside, Sierra, Backpacker, and Wilderness and has been exhibited in galleries in Santa Fe, San Francisco, Toronto, and his hometown of Durango, Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816522347
Author:
Reynolds, Branson
Author:
Petersen, David
Photographer:
Reynolds, Branson
Author:
Reynolds, Branson
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United States - Mountain - Utah
Subject:
Desert ecology
Subject:
Cedar Mesa
Subject:
Cedar Mesa (San Juan County, Utah) -
Subject:
Nature and Environment
Subject:
Americana-Utah
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Desert Places
Series Volume:
107-177
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
82
Dimensions:
7 x 6 in

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