Raplee Ridge is both a monocline and an anticline geological oddity. Locals refer to the ridge as “Indian Blanket Cliffs” and it is thought to have a significant influence in classic First Nations Navajo (Diné) textiles, jewelry, and pottery designs going back hundreds of years. The reds and multi-gray zigzags across this twisted landscape are quite suggestive of geometric patterns of Navajo weavings.
The entire area surrounding the ridge from Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument through Four Corners to Shiprock has some of the most mysterious otherworldly formations on the planet. For the full story on this image visit the corresponding page on Where Eagles Fly