Shortly after leaving the dead end parking, we see some interesting colors and patterns in the hills around us.
The access to Desolation Canyon is a short distance south of Golden Canyon down a nondescript dirt road. The road dead ends where it was washed out in the 2004 floods, then it is cross-country to the canyon for about half a mile.
At the mouth of Desolation Canyon. This canyon looked so much like scenes from Star Wars that I had to look it up when I got home - yup, scenes were filmed here. In fact, this canyon has earned the unofficial name "Bantha Canyon"
David heading into the canyon
The walls of this canyon are relatively shallow compared to many others, they are made of solidified mud rather than a more solid rock.