A blanket of snow is a rare occurrence in Snow Canyon State Park in southwestern Utah. The Early Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone forms the jointed red cliffs and rounded “turtlebacks” while the 27,000-year-old Santa Clara lava flow fills the canyon, flattening out the valley floor.
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