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Old 03-04-2014, 10:13 AM   #1275
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After Youngpeck's post, I began to question my description of the Great Ghost figure in a previous post.

Many do call it the "Holy Ghost".

And many others call it the "Great Ghost" because of its height. I have always known it as the GG. Here's one attribution.

Horseshoe Canyon - Canyonlands National Park

And another.
Horseshoe Canyon - Canyonlands NP, Utah - American West Travelogue

My opinion is that it's known as the GG amongst photographers, and HG, elsewhere.

Now that's my "anal" contribution of the month.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:27 AM   #1276
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Youngpeck, in 2010, when I hiked down (and trudged up), I was camped at Goblin Valley State Park.

And it's a forty mile drive from Goblin to the parking lot of Horseshoe. From Goblin to Highway 24, the road is just fine.

That said, once you're on the eastern side road going to the canyon, you're on washboard all the time. And that's about 35 miles of REALLY bad washboard.

There's no way I would pull my trailer to that parking lot. AND, when you get there, there's no facilities.

If I were you, I would just plan on getting up a little earlier at Goblin.

By the way, I called the Horseshoe Unit, and the Ranger said he would meet me in the Horseshoe parking lot and guide me down, if I would meet him at 9 in the morning. I said I would, and we did. He helped a great deal.

WRT oil production. It was my belief that yes, there was exploration there, but it was for Uranium, not oil.

If you've got any more questions, let's take it to PM, and not annoy the others on this thread.

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I for one find exchanges like this educational, so don't feel like it's bothering us. I believe one of the OP original ideas is to share information about these places we post.

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:29 AM   #1277
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After Youngpeck's post, I began to question my description of the Great Ghost figure in a previous post.

Many do call it the "Holy Ghost".

And many others call it the "Great Ghost" because of its height. I have always known it as the GG. Here's one attribution.

Horseshoe Canyon - Canyonlands National Park

And another.
Horseshoe Canyon - Canyonlands NP, Utah - American West Travelogue

My opinion is that it's known as the GG amongst photographers, and HG, elsewhere.

Now that's my "anal" contribution of the month.
I found a description that credited the "holy" name to the local Mormon community way back when.

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For what it's worth (and I hope this is not too far off-topic) before the uranium exploration in the '50s there was quite a bit of oil exploration on the west side of the Colorado River all the way west and south toward Goblin Valley. Two of the prominent landmarks just west of Canyonlands National Park's Maze Unit (which is that portion west of the junction of the Colorado and Green rivers, and south of the "detached" Horseshoe Canyon unit by several miles) is Elaterite Butte and Elaterite Basin, so-named because of the "carbonaceous" mineral deposits, ie., shale oil, found there. This is arguably why such a magnificent, butte-, mesa-, and canyon-infested region remains outside of the actual park, and resides in the less developmentally restrictive Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.


I sense I ought to "quit talkin' and start chalkin'" and contribute my own photos to this thread. So here are two photos of the same locale, the second provided so as to provide a better perspective. The clues: it is in the Southwest, and is in a unit of the National Park Service. Anybody know where it is?
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For what it's worth (and I hope this is not too far off-topic) before the uranium exploration in the '50s there was quite a bit of oil exploration on the west side of the Colorado River all the way west and south toward Goblin Valley. Two of the prominent landmarks just west of Canyonlands National Park's Maze Unit (which is that portion west of the junction of the Colorado and Green rivers, and south of the "detached" Horseshoe Canyon unit by several miles) is Elaterite Butte and Elaterite Basin, so-named because of the "carbonaceous" mineral deposits, ie., shale oil, found there. This is arguably why such a magnificent, butte-, mesa-, and canyon-infested region remains outside of the actual park, and resides in the less developmentally restrictive Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.


I sense I ought to "quit talkin' and start chalkin'" and contribute my own photos to this thread. So here are two photos of the same locale, the second provided so as to provide a better perspective. The clues: it is in the Southwest, and is in a unit of the National Park Service. Anybody know where it is?

Is this located in the Maze district of the Canyonlands?
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:06 PM   #1280
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Is this located in the Maze district of the Canyonlands?
No--it's in Arizona, and you can drive on pavement to within a quarter-mile of this vantage point.
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Looks like Canyon de Chelly to me.
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Looks like Canyon de Chelly to me.
Not Canyon de Chelly, but you're getting warm.
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This is in Navajo National monument in Ariz

It's north of US hwy 160 on AZ state hwy 564. I think the ruins are called:
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Betatakin Alcove and Pueblo
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Oh, Ken beat me to it. It is Betatakin Ruin at Navajo National Monument! Here's an additional pic of the place:




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This is in Navajo National monument in Ariz

It's north of US hwy 160 on AZ state hwy 564. I think the ruins are called:
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Betatakin Alcove and Pueblo
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Yes, that's it, Ken. Here is the Navajo N.M. web site:
Navajo National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

This national monument was established in 1909 to protect Betatakin and the further-afield Keet Seel ruin (considered to be, after Mesa Verde, one of the best and biggest in the Southwest). The visitor center and campgrounds (no entrance or camping fees but also no RV hookups) are at about 7,000 feet, on a mesa-top--a most beautiful setting, worth a look if you are in the vicinity.
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Okay, here's one that should be easy. Who is this? It's in Washington, D.C.
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Okay, here's one that should be easy. Who is this? It's in Washington, D.C.
US Grant.
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You got it, Murrey.
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