It's a bit of a weird place, in a way, maybe because most pictures make the place look larger than it really is. The Pliocene Panaca Formation is soft, not hard, and it is eroded into a fabulous badland. I swear it used to be billed as the Grand Canyon of Nevada, or some such, but can find no references to that, so maybe my memory has slipped into Never Never Land (the good place, not the bad), or maybe I'm remembering some touristy postcards. The place lacks a decent sense of scale, so one has a difficult time getting a feel for the size of the fluted columns and spires and the cliff heights.
|Most of the gorge is 1000 to 2000 feet from cliff base to top.|
|In places, the passageways are narrow enough that one has to squeeze through.|
|Columns at the base...|
|...an opening or cathedral at the top.|
|The whole thing.|
|The columnar end of one of the side trails.|
|The entire column or "cathedral," with a tumbleweed at the base.|
|And now it's time to find our way back out...|
To be continued...