The Cosmic Ashtray (Notice the Person on the Far Rim)

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Comments (9)

markmichaels on March 29, 2010

Another weird geologic wonder in Utah.... I'd never seen/heard of this before. I'll add this to my list of places I still need to see in Utah... it is still long, even after 15 years here!

Matt Lemke on March 29, 2010

It is incredible. I was lucky enough to have found out about it before we went to Escalante.

Alidade.eu on July 20, 2010

Great area!

AcrossUtah on March 25, 2011

Good shot Matt. Are those Moki steps cut in the rock on left at the bottom? Did you go down in?

Matt Lemke on March 25, 2011

There are some Moki steps on the vertical walls of this geologic wonder. However there is no way we could have went in. One needs very good rappelling and ascending gear to get in and out. We didn't have that stuff so we overlooked it from the rim. It really is huge.

Steve Hoge on December 24, 2011

Not too hard to get in on the Moki steps - they're at the far left of the bowl in this photo. The most inconvenient part is there's almost nothing to tie off on nearby - you need a partner to belay you down the 10 ft drop and back up.

Matt Lemke on January 2, 2012

Steve, Very interesting. I didn't know that. I hope to go back here sometime and give it a second look. Thanks Greetings from Colorado

Bernhard Fertig on January 10, 2012

Great Place, i like it.

SKOLU on July 1

My boys, 12 and 17, climbed in and out unaided. There is a small bolt someone set into the rock. I tied off with paracord and webbing to help me get to the steps. The downclimb is the only tricky part. Climbing out is quite easy.

No idea why this place isn't famous. It is an amazing site.

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Photo taken in Spencer Flat Road, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT, USA

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    by Matt Lemke
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