Rainbow Plateau, Arizona & Utah

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A broad expanse of canyonlands inclusive of much of the Colorado Plateau and the Mogollon Rim, the Rainbow Plateau covers territory in the Navajo Nation, Arizona, and Utah. Comparable in scale to the Tibetan Plateau, the Rainbow Plateau is one of the largest canyon lands in the world, as well as one of the most colorful. Some of the well-known sites on the plateau include the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, the Vermillion Cliffs, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and Chaco Canyon.

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"Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Rainbow Plateau, August 1, 2012" by Bob Wick is licensed under CC BY.

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