These badlands belong to the nearly 100 mile long warp of the Colorado Plateau called Waterpocket Fold. This monocline is caused by a mostly eroded fold composed of steep side in an area of otherwise horizontal rock layers. The deep magenta colors come from large amounts of iron in the rocks.
August 2005
Canon 20D, EF-S 10-22mm, f/8, 1/125sec, ISO 100, polarization filter, tripod