A portion of the in the “Granite Dells” — exposed bedrock of estimated-1.4-billion-year-old igneous-rock formations north of the Central Arizona community of Prescott, which was founded in 1864 as the capital of what was then Arizona Territory. This somewhat compact portion of the boulder-filled Dells has been compared, save for the latter’s red rocks, to the Garden of the Gods beloved public park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Astonishingly to some observers, parts of the Granite Dells have been opened to private, upscale development, and visitors without appointments are soon turned away at locked or privately staffed gates within the rocky labyrinth. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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