Visions Of The Cosmos
- Title: Visions Of The Cosmos
- State/Province/Region: Utah
- Country: United States
- Nearest Area: Canyonlands National Park
- Nearest Town: Moab
- Brief Directions: The best directions I can tell you is that the parking to get to this site is on Upheaval Dome Road. In respect to the fragile nature of this site as well as to not get anyone lost, I am foregoing providing any elaborate directions.
- GPS Longitude: 38.426662
- GPS Latitude:
- Best Season: Winter
- Description: The name of this place is False Kiva. A kiva is a subterranean room found in ruins in the American Southwest. The structure was used for religious or cultural uses by people such as the Ancient Pueblo Indians. As the human-made stone circle at False Kiva does not have any entrance to a subterranean room, it is not a real kiva, hence the name. The alcove in the canyon wall is fairly large, probably 50 or 60 feet from left to right and a third as high. The stone structure itself is about 15 foot in diameter, with a grainery ruin and several archeological dig spots located against the back wall. The origin and purpose of False Kiva is not clearly known.
False Kiva is a Class II archeological site, meaning you will not find a reliable, exact location or directions to get there very easily. In some ways, that is a good thing as the remoteness of the site finds less public exposure than most other spots in Canyonlands. This site was first made popular by photographers such as Tom Till, a local Moab photographer. It offers a very unique frame to take shots from Island in the Sky towards the canyons, buttes and sky in the south.
- Gear: Canon EOS 7D | Canon EF-s 10-22mm f/3.5-5.6
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