Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 30, 2012

Clouds on the mesa

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 12:43 pm
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One hour before sunset in late July. Gray’s Pasture, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands NP, Utah.

MONSOON. The word conjures up images of driving sheets of heavy rain pummeling a coastal village, causing widespread flooding and general misery. Here in southern Utah, however, monsoons take a different approach. July, August, September are our months when thunderclouds can kick up, lightning arrives to make mesa-top living more interesting (and dangerous), and the clouds drape themselves in our skies like no other season of the year. We rangers love monsoon season.



  1. Coming to Canyonlands this weekend. I hope to see a good storm this time.

    Comment by Andrew McAllister — July 31, 2012 @ 8:06 am | Reply

    • Clouds but no storms, Andrew… sorry!! Try again; the monsoons will be here into September.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — August 6, 2012 @ 7:56 am | Reply

      • No problem. I had fun regardless. I’ll be back the last weekend of September and maybe sooner.

        Comment by Andrew McAllister — August 6, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  2. Love clouds like that Kathryn! Round here that usually means a good possibility of chasing smoke from a lightning start! Never have had the pleasure of experiencing the monsoon season and I sure hope I get the chance. It would be so neat to see a tight canyon swell with muddy water (from a safe height of course!)
    I thought you appreciate like a link from a firend’s blog. She leads a USFS wilderness trail crew in Washington State and captures the feel of a place like you do:
    Happy Trails,
    John M.

    Comment by John Morrow — August 5, 2012 @ 10:53 am | Reply

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