Much of the territory around here is sedimentary rock in various forms of hardness, from dirt-like texture to almost granite-like. So, there is a LOT of erosion which makes for interesting small canyons that drain into the Colorado River. Cathedral Wash is about three miles up the road from the Lee’s Ferry Campground, beginning at the road. In this picture, you can easily see how flowing water has begun the process of canyon formation at a small scale.
As you progress deeper into the wash, the walls become taller.
A curved wall that is higher still…
This is a pour-off. As you can guess, it’s where the water would pour off the higher elevated floor to the lower floor. These pour-offs can be tens to hundreds of feet high. In this case, it is about 25 feet. If you want to continue, you need to find away down or around them.
A hiker trying to figure out how to get down to the lower floor. Usually, cairns mark locations where it is safe to climb or step down to the lower levels.
The exit opening of the Cathedral Wash at the Colorado.
A view up-river from the opening. Note how high the side walls are only a few miles below Lee’s Ferry.
If you are observant, sometimes you can catch a desert dweller.