Ranger Kathryn's Arches

August 20, 2010

Chocolate waterfall

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:25 am
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Looks puny in photo; need a person for scale

It looked like something out of “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.”

A couple miles of deeply-puddled 4WD road ended in a sizable pour-off which was disgorging the contents of the thunderstorm. After a 140-foot free-fall, the muddy waters were extruded from the collecting pool into a ribbon that followed gravity into Courthouse Wash and eventually into the mighty Colorado River… which would be flowing intensely red that day. I love the summer monsoons.

Heading, eventually, to the Pacific


  1. one would think that after all these years, there wouldn’t be any park left…. by now it should have all washed into the pacific!

    Comment by john — August 21, 2010 @ 7:48 am | Reply

    • 48 hours ago a dramatic storm dumped 1.06 inch on Island in the Sky in about 20 minutes. The washouts are of epic proportion, closing all access to and from the rivers and the White Rim. Had to helicopter out a bunch of people yesterday who got trapped down there when the switchbacks totally eroded to nothing. Remember, we get 9″ yearly. This has been a crazy season of monsoons.

      Comment by Kathryn — August 21, 2010 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  2. Pretty darn cool for you to be able to witness this and be there to serve the people in need.

    Comment by Ed Oak — August 21, 2010 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

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