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    Default Exploring Southern Utah by Airplane

    This is an older story!

    We started flying over southeastern Utah in the late 1990ies. It was my wife´s idea to get a better picture about the features and where these are located.

    In 2001 we met Tim Martin from LaSal aka "The Flying Cowboy" and had a first flight with him. Inpressive! He knows everything about flying over the area and how to approach points of interest. In 2006 we planned something larger. A flight from Moab Canyonlands Airfield along the Colorado River down to the northern Arizona and back again. Tim calculated between 3 and a half and 4 hours. That sets the price tag.

    At first we didn't know that TIm was the guy who flew through a number of arches. As he told us some time later he also said "Don't ask for that, I'll risk my license doing it with paying customers!" We didn't!

    Starting at the Canyonlands Airfield we reached the river not far away from Deadhorse Point, followed it more or less down to Page turned around over Coyote Butte flying eastward over the north shore of Lake Powell. At the Dirty Devil River we took a more northern direction to go over Buckacre Point and from there back to Cataract Canyon. Again along the River we returned to the Moab Canyonlands Airfield.

    I will not write much text about the flight. The pictures are self-explanatory. Pictures were taken with two cameras, a digital one and an analog one on slide film. Some pics are technically limited (reflections, not always 100% focussed, sometimes shifting colors througt tinted Windows.)

    More about flying over Canyon Country: Cross Country Flying written in German. Due to the number of pictures the story will come in several "chapters".


    Tim Martin and his plane - Moab Canyonlands Airfield


    Waiting for the pilot - notice the limited space.


    Determination Towers - sorry something missed!


    Another analog picture


    Bull Canyon System


    Approaching White Rim - so called Airport Tower middle left


    Lathrop and Buck Canyon


    The Loop


    Colorado River - Green River Confluence


    Confluence again


    Canyonlands Maze District: The Doll House


    Waterhole Flat and Gunsight Butte


    UT 95 and Colorado River Bridge near Hite


    North Wash


    White Canyon


    White Canyon


    Glen Canyon


    Castle Butte


    Ticaboo Canyon


    Good Hope Mesa


    Tapestry Wall


    Forgotten Canyon


    Moqui Canyon


    The Rincon


    The Rincon

    To be continued.....
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    What a different perspective seeing these places from above!

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    Beautiful pics! Next trip to Moab we're going to have to do this! From time-to-time I get to sit left seat in an A-Star or in the back of C206 with the big observation window . It's nice back there with just one seat and all that room taking pictures, sitting in a chair mounted to a Lazy Susan!

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    Great pics, thanks for sharing.
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    Some amazing photos. I've wondered what was on top of some of those places when boating by them. I guess now I know.
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    Default Exploring Southern Utah by Airplane: Chapter 2

    Chapter 2:


    Hole in the Rock

    Nearly half of the way down is now covered by water.


    Reflection Canyon


    North of Navajo Mountain. The trail leading to Rainbow bridge is visible even in the picture is technically mediocre.






    Several views of Rainbow Bridge.

    Tim circled three times with the plane.


    Forbidding Canyon


    Navajo Point and Driftwood Canyon


    Teddys Horse Pasture and Dangling Rope Marina


    Propeller killers


    Wetherill Canyon


    Drowned Goosenecks of the Colorado River


    Last Chance Bay


    Dominguez and Padre Buttes


    The Channel - Castle Rock Cutoff is dry and impassable


    Too much window reflechtions - Upper Antelope Canyon


    Glen Canyon Dam


    No hit of Bulls Eye: Horseshoe Bend


    Paria River Canyon


    Vermilion Cliffs


    Marble Canyon


    Approaching Coyote Butte

    More to come....
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    Chapter 3:

    Coyote Butte is a very special feature located at the Arizona - Utahb oder Line. One of these where looking down from a plane gives not necessarely the better view - it's a different one.
















    Coyote Butte North

    This is where the Wave is located. Even if the Wave itself is not easy visible the colorful structures are awesome.


    Buckskin Gulch and Paria River Canyon. Some kind of a slot confluence.


    Nipple Bench north of Big Water


    Stud Horse Point


    Lone Rock and Wahweep Marina


    Wiregrass Canyon. The Cliffs are Called Mustard Cliffs. Must be due to the color.


    Alstrom Point


    Little Alstrom Point


    Gooseneck Point


    Rock Creek


    Dry Rock Creek


    Little Arch Canyon


    Balanced Rock Canyon below Navajo Point




    Reflection Canyon


    Mouth of San Juan River


    Mouth of Llewellyn Gulch (more to the rigt on the left side of the River) and Cottonwood Canyon opposite to Hole in the Rock


    Llewellyn Gulch

    More to come....
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    Chapter 4:


    Again Hole in the Rock

    On the other side Cottonwood Canyon where the Mormons carried on. The Chute was the next obstacle.


    Escalante River


    Stevens Arch from the South


    Stevens Arch from the North


    East of Stevens Arch


    Stevens Canyon


    Waterpocket Fold


    Moqui Canyon


    Crystal Springs Canyon

    Easy to see how much sediments the water contains!


    Forgotten Canyon


    Cedar Canyon


    Ticaboo Canyon


    Castle Butte and Blue Notch Canyon


    Scorup Canyon


    Farley Canyon


    Hite


    Cataract Canyon, mouth of the Dity Devil River and the UT 95 bridge


    Red Benches


    Fiddler Cove Canyon


    Hatch Canyon


    Hatch Canyon and Dirty Devil River


    Hatch Canyon and Gunsight Butte

    Tim Martin flew through the right gap so deep that we had cliffs on both sides of the airplane.

    To be continued......
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    Chapter 5:




    Colorado/Green River Confluence


    Colorado River: The Loop


    near Horsethief Canyon


    Buck Canyon and White Rim


    Gooseneck and Deadhorse Point


    The Gooseneck and "Thelma and Louise - Point"

    The end!
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    Wow!. Simply stunning!

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