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Shafer Trail: Thelma and Louise Plateau

Thelma and Louise plateau (an unofficial name) is the place where the final scene of its
namesake movie was filmed (see http://www.pbase.com/listorama/2004ut_shafer_thelma ). It
is a mostly level, irregularly-shaped area inside a big bend of the Colorado River. At
its southeast edge there is a little prow pointed at the river; it is there that the
car in the movie went sailing into the abyss (the river canyon).

But the point is merely one aspect of this area; the plateau stretches away to the
south and west to the edges of stream canyons whose surface features, caused by
millions of years of erosion, boggle the mind. I came here initially just to inspect
the Goose Neck, but seeing the drainage features hooked me on the idea of exploring
the landscape on its own terms; this is covered in another gallery.
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Car-launching pad for Thelma and Louise
Car-launching pad for Thelma and Louise
Edge-of-plateau terrain
Edge-of-plateau terrain
Layer cake
Layer cake
Sandstone rainbow
Sandstone rainbow
Sandstone joints point to the Goose Neck
Sandstone joints point to the Goose Neck
A feeble protest in green
A feeble protest in green
Contour lines on a topographic map
Contour lines on a topographic map