Factory Butte



Badlands are a type of landscape found in the American Southwest. They are formed from soft, multi-layered, multicolored sedimentary rocks that have been worn down by weathering, creating small hills, gullies, and pinnacles. These areas are often located in arid environments with little vegetation. Some badlands have harder rocks that resist erosion, while others have unique hoodoos that have been eroded into every imaginable shape. Though many of these locations are unknown or remote, they are some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world.

The beauty of badlands lies in the intricate details, textures, colors, and shapes of the rocks, rather than in the overall view. They can be found in the Colorado Plateau of southern Utah, northeastern Arizona, and northwestern New Mexico, as well as in the desert regions of southern Nevada and southeast California. Popular locations include Anza Borrego, Red Rock Canyon, Rainbow Basin, Valley of Fire, and sites in Death Valley like Twenty Mule Canyon, Zabriskie Point, and Golden Canyon.

Factory Butte is the most prominent feature of the Upper Blue Hills, a vast, barren area on both sides of the Fremont River. This area is characterized by mudflats and grey badlands void of vegetation. It is bordered by Capitol Reef to the west, the Henry Mountains to the south, the San Rafael Swell to the north, and the San Rafael Desert to the east. Factory Butte’s intricate textures and shapes create an enchanting image that raises questions about how such textures could be formed.

Location: Factory ButteUtah Badlands.

Media: Fine Art Landscape Prints