One of the reasons I go off-roading is for the fantastic scenery that can’t be seen from the pavement. Here are a few examples of the spectacular views on the Cliffhanger Trail.
The lunch spot is on an overlook mesa over 1,000 feet above the Colorado River. The views are very impressive.
Soft places on the mesa surface wear faster than other spots, leaving interesting contours that hold water long enough to discolor the rock.
The wind was blowing strongly the entire time we were in Moab, and the dust picked up by the wind affected visibility. This is quite evident in this shot, which looks out over several miles of terrain.
From a distance the cliff faces appear relatively smooth, but up close you see the very jagged surfaces formed by many falling boulders and smaller rocks.
This is the view from the trail as you crawl along the cliff face.