Metate Arch southeast of Escalante,
Photo by Jay Wilbur
Example Caprock Natural Arch
NABSQNO 12S-463466-4159810. Metate Arch is a caprock natural arch created by differential erosion in the same member, in this case Entrada sandstone. The very distinct strata exhibited here are an indication that the Entrada was deposited at this location in layers of slightly different composition. The lintel of the arch is in a layer harder than those immediately beneath it.
Metate Arch is one of the main attractions of the Devils Garden natural area now part of the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument in southern Utah. It is reached via the historic Hole in the Rock road and is about 18 miles southeast of Escalante, Utah.
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