Priscilla Rattazzi first visited southwest Utah ten years ago, where she explored and photographed the majestic and barren landscapes near Lake Powell and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. “Nothing prepared us for the vast landscape that unfolded on our four-hour drive from the Las Vegas airport. As we climbed towards the Colorado Plateau, we passed miles and miles of majestic juniper-dotted red ridges to our north. Then, as we approached Lake Powell, the scenery became increasingly more dramatic and barren. Huge mustard and coal colored cliffs towered over us in an almost menacing way, and smaller plateaus stretched hundreds of miles to the east towards Monument Valley. Fate hooked us up with local legend Yermo Welsh, a guide with deep knowledge of southwestern archaeology and a soulful, artistic bent. Yermo took us on hiking adventures to insanely beautiful and quiet places where the silence was almost jarring, especially coming from New York.” In late 2017, the current administration ordered approximately 2,000,000 protected acres in Utah be made available for resource extraction. Nearly 1,000,000 acres would be removed from the Grand...
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