Monday, 14 June 2004
Plunging Down The Mogollon Rim
CREDIT: © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: Flagstaff-Sedona, Arizona, USA. WHAT: SW rim of the Colorado Plateaus.
MAPS: Colorado Plateaus [whole]; West Fork Oak Creek Canyon topo.
Plateaus quarters:  Colorado,  New Mexico,  Arizona,  Utah.
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This is our last day on the Colorado Plateaus, that area roughly centered on the Four Corners, and quartered into the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The last plateau south of the town of Flagstaff and the San Francisco Mountains is the Mogollon Rim, named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, who was the Governor of the Province of New Mexico 1712-1715. The road south from Flagstaff plunges down Oak Creek Canyon to the town of Sedona. Our picture shows three serpentine switchbacks of the road that drops from the rim down onto the canyon floor among spectacular, heavily wooded, river canyon scenery.
In the upper canyon, the West Fork of Oak Creek is a classic southwest canyon  hike, especially beautiful in the Fall. Zane Grey, the author of western novels, placed the action of his 1924 novel 'The Call of the Canyon' in this inspirational setting.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)