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Glen Canyon

"Music Temple," a side ravine in Glen Canyon. Photo by James Fennemore.
USGS Earth Science Photographic Archive digital files: hjk00796 and hjk0796a

Music Temple is a cave (a natural amphitheater-shape alcove in the sandstone) visited along Glen Canyon about 5 miles west of the mouth of the San Juan River, on the south side of the river. It is now flooded by the reservoir. The First Expeditions stayed here in August 2-3, 1869 and enjoyed spacious shade and scenery. Members of the Second Expedition (1872) revisited the natural amphitheater and noted that two crew members who were killed at the end of the First Expedition (Dunn and Howland) had carved their initials in the rock walls.

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