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Path less traveled reveals the wilds of Escalante

BOULDER — Wind and water sculpted the jagging canyons and domes of slickrock in southern Utah. They are still at work.

“Erosion has really set in at this area,’’ Keith Watts says, dislodging an ocher-tinged chunk from the otherwise gray slickrock near the end of a six-hour hike he has led across a sliver of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. A squeeze of his hand crumbles the rock back to its form 180 million years ago: sand.

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