This is the ruin I was going to. It is located in Canyonlands National Park, Utah; half way down (or up) a large cliff in an alcove. You will not find it noted on any of the park literature and the rangers will not discuss it’s location openly. It is designed in the shape of a Kiva but is thought to be a hunting camp or residence and is somewhere between 1200 and 1400 years old. The view is spectacular but the commute in and out will kill you—about 1 mile in and all straight up and down. Nikon D-300, Nikkor 18-70mm lens. 5 shot hdr image processed with Photomatix and Photoshop.

My photographs are not always technically correct, I tend to break the rules but I do that knowing what the rules are and having a reason to do so. My photographic images are what and how I see the world around me in my minds eye—they are who I am.

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  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

    Great Shot

  • Thank you Barbara—it was definitely worth the adventure getting there but I wouldn’t want to make it my daily commute.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Thanks Clive.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 4 years ago

    Fantastic site Bryan!! and what a position!! Its great to see places like this..well done getting there!!lol.*-)

  • Thanks Deb. I’m getting way to old (and fat) for these kinds of treks! As I was sitting in the alcove I couldn’t help but wonder what would drive people to live in such an inaccessible location as this. All their food and water had to be carried either from the plateau above or the canyon below, only the rocks for the foundation for the house were found at the site. But I have to admit the view was out of this world and unfortunately poorly captured in this image of mine.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • Wojciech Dabrowski
    Wojciech Dabro...over 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture Bryan!

  • Thanks Wojciech. It is an amazing place not far from Dead Horse Point State Park and well worth the hike in and out. The last time there I ran into (almost literally) this fellow and two of his brothers.

    I did find that the trail is not marked as well as noted in Laurent Martre’s book Photographing the Southwest and on my first attempt to find it ended up above the ruin at the top of the rim requiring some backtracking. If you have never been there I highly recommend a visit. Afternoon is best for light and one of these days I would really like to spend the night to photograph the ruin with the stars.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 3 years ago

    What a brilliant place Bryan!! What I would do to visit here!!! And I imagine that the sensation of being there is like being buzzed, for want of a better description! Beautiful photography! :))

  • Every time I go to any of the old Puebloan ruins I get that feeling and with the work to get to this one even more so.

    If you ask specifically at the ranger station at Island in the Sky National Park they will tell you about the ruins. You can find directions in Laurent Martres book Photographing the Southwest also.

    – Bryan Peterson

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