Art by Michal Kus. This is whimsical art, but it reminds me of a place that really exists. It only looks like this in the rainy season, but it’s a fascinating place, called the Gates of Lodore near Dinosaur NP, where the Green River flows out of the Colorado part of Browns Park, through a split mountain, on it’s way south into Utah. In the 1870’s, Ann Bassett’s uncle called it “stone mouth swallows river” in his diary. I consider it one of those places that defies science, since it’s hard to imagine how a mighty river could be made to naturally flow through a chasm in the highest point of the only mountains in an otherwise flat and desolate place.
Another such place is Paradox Valley, CO, where the Dolores River flows crosswise, wrong-way, through a long valley surrounded by cliffs on almost every side.