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Abajo Peak and surrounding mountains from the west # 19176

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Date: 2020.05.26
Vantage Point: From the road through the Notch, looking east

Caption: High peaks of the Abajo Mountains as viewed from the west. Abajo Peak (11,360 ft) is the range high point. Some of the high peaks of the San Juan Mountains are visible in the right background, including Mount Wilson (14,246 ft) 97 mi away.

PhotoDescr: Taken during a two week trip to Utah from Washington State. The Abajo ("low" in Spanish) Mountains consist of a group of high plateaus and summits in SE Utah, between Monticello and Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River. This whole area is heavily bisected by forest roads, and since the plateaus are up above 8000 ft this was a nice escape from the hot weather lower down.

Abajo Peak has a road to the top to service some communication towers, which may just be visible in this photo. Many of the canyons cutting into the southern side of these mountains are composed of Cedar Mesa Sandstone, including Notch Canyon here. This particular formation hosts a number of Anasazi Ruins, which dot the whole Abajo Mountain/Elk Ridge area.

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