Moab's Mill Creek Canyon

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Mill Creek CanyonMill Creek Canyon (10/20/2005) Entrance to Mill Creek Canyon.

WaterworksWaterworks (10/20/2005) Waterworks on Mill Creek Canyon.

Mill Creek CanyonMill Creek Canyon (10/20/2005) Entrance to Mill Creek Canyon near Moab.

Contrasting SandstonesContrasting Sandstones (10/20/2005) A Navajo Sandstone wall contrasts with an outcropping of Kayenta in the foreground. This is the entrance to Mill Creek Canyon.

Mill Creek Cayon TrailMill Creek Cayon Trail (10/20/2005) The Mill Creek Canyon Trail winds between boulders.

The ForkThe Fork (10/20/2005) Mill Creek Canyon runs to the right, the North Fork of Mill Creek Canyon up the canyon on the left.

Mill Creek Canyon TrailMill Creek Canyon Trail (10/20/2005) The trail hugs the canyon wall.

Mill CreekMill Creek (10/20/2005) The creek flows from the La Sals. There is still a good amount of water in the creek in October when most desert drainages run dry.

Mill Creek CanyonMill Creek Canyon (10/20/2005) Mill Creek Canyon.

Reflections on Mill CreekReflections on Mill Creek (10/20/2005) This is a nice peaceful area, the trail has to climb over the outcrop on the right.

Mill Creek CanyonMill Creek Canyon (10/20/2005) A side canyon in the Mill Creek area.

Golden ForestGolden Forest (10/20/2005) The North Fork trail follows this ledge in the shadow. In the distance, a group of trees try on their fall folliage. You can see cascading waters of the creek.

Mill Creek Canyon ForestMill Creek Canyon Forest (10/20/2005) A golden forest in Mill Creek Canyon.

Swimming HoleSwimming Hole (10/20/2005) A swimming hole on the North Fork of Mill Creek near Moab.

North Fork Mill Creek CanyonNorth Fork Mill Creek Canyon (10/20/2005) Looking back down the canyon.

Mill Creek Canyon TrailMill Creek Canyon Trail (10/20/2005) The trail follows this exposed slickrock ledge.

Cascading WatersCascading Waters (10/20/2005) Cascading waters in Mill Creek Canyon.

Desert RatDesert Rat (10/20/2005) A hiker on the North Fork Mill Creek Canyon Trail.

AlcoveAlcove (10/20/2005) I believe that this is an alcove not an arch.

Mill Creek CanyonMill Creek Canyon (10/20/2005) Mill Creek Canyon near Moab.

47 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-47

Moab's Mill Creek Canyon

Mill Creek Canyon is is a wilderness study area just southeast of Moab, Utah. The canyon is a popular day hike that provides an intriguing contrasts of towering desert cliffs and cascading waters from the La Sal Mountains.

In the lower part of the canyon, you will see towering cliffs of Navajo Sandstone sitting on the Kayenta Formation. The Navajo Sandstone was deposited as dunes. The Kayenta formation was deposited as an alluvial plain. The upper part of the Navajo Sandstone erodes in mounds and fins like what you see in Sand Flats Recreation Area. The Kayenta formation is more complex with flat layers of mud, silt and sand.

The Navajo Sandstone is softer than the Kayenta. In a canyon, like Mill Creek, the stream will quickly cut through the softer Navajo Sandstone (making slit canyons). The harder Kayenta Layer seems to erode in a much larger valley. As the Kayenta erodes, the Navajo Sandstone above will shear off into impressively shear cliffs.

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Context: Desert

Moab, Utah (138 pictures) Mill Creek Canyon is just south east of Moab, Utah.

Sand Flats Recreation Area (81 pictures) Sand Flats Recreation is on the rim above and to the north of Mill Creek Canyon.

Granstaff Canyon (14 pictures) Negro Bill Canyon is a similar canyon north of Mill Creek Canyon.

Colorado River (96 pictures) The waters from Mill Creek join Pack Creek then dumps into the Colorado River in Moab.

Corona Arch Trail (31 pictures) The Corona Arch Trail is another fun trail near Moab.

Mill Creek Canyon (193 pictures) Pictures of the alpine Mill Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City.

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