The creation of sand dunes is the endless cycle of wind blowing sand grains from the valley floor, and the erosion of the bordering creeks carrying the sand back to the valley. This cycle is dependent on a high water table which ensures a constant flow of water in the creeks. A few inches below the surface of the dunes themselves the sand is wet; this moisture is mostly from precipitation. The Sangre de Christo Mountains lies to the north and east in the image.

The Maps-Un-Natural™ series could also be called Psychedelic Maps. These are an effort to create a visually stunning and interesting image, usually with a limited color palette. The coloration varies only with elevation and often brings out notable landscape features.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.


The 70-mile long Grand Hogback marks the transition between the Colorado Plateau to the west and the Elk Mountains to the east. Composed of uplifted sandstone, it has weathered into sharp peaks, fins, mounds and even an arch. This portion of the hogback centers on Newcastle, where I-70 passes through the Colorado River water gap.

The Maps-Un-Natural™ series could also be called Psychedelic Maps. These are an effort to create a visually stunning and interesting image, usually with a limited color palette. The coloration varies only with elevation and often brings out notable landscape features.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Card

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This living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains , with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, provides visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Celebrate your favorite national park with one of these beautiful map cards of Rocky Mountain National Park! They make excellent gifts as well as dispatches to friends and relatives. Made from official National Park Service maps, formatted to fit these nicely printed cards.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Card

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A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size; 1,218,375 acres in area, 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. It is a World Heritage Site, and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. Drainage systems have cut deeply through the rock, forming steep-walled canyons.

Celebrate your favorite national park with one of these beautiful map cards of Grand Canyon National Park! They make excellent gifts as well as dispatches to friends and relatives. Made from official National Park Service maps, formatted to fit these nicely printed cards.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm


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Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau-and-canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

Celebrate your favorite national park with one of these beautiful map cards of Colorado National Monument! They make excellent gifts as well as dispatches to friends and relatives. Made from official National Park Service maps, formatted to fit these nicely printed cards.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

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Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.

Celebrate your favorite national park with one of these beautiful map cards of Canyonlands National Park! They make excellent gifts as well as dispatches to friends and relatives. Made from official National Park Service maps, formatted to fit these nicely printed cards.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm


Canyonlands National Park is a showcase of geology. The vivid and varied colors of the bare rocks and the fantastic canyons, buttes, spires, columns, alcoves, caves, arches, and other erosional forms of the canyon country result from a fortuitous combination of geologic and climatic circumstances and events unequaled inmost other parts of the world. This image shows the central part of the park including Island in the Sky and Upheaval Dome south to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.


The Maps-Un-Natural series could also be called Psychedelic Maps. These are an effort to create a visually stunning and interesting image, usually with a limited color palette. The coloration varies only with elevation and often brings out notable landscape features.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm


In Western Colorado lies the Piceance Basin , a 6000 square mile geologic structure comprising formations holding vast natural gas, coal and oil shale reserves. The Piceance Basin is part of the Colorado Plateau and shares much of the same canyon terrain. The Williams Fork component is a several-thousand-foot thick section of shale, sandstone and coal deposited in a coastal plain environment – one of the richest in the world. In addition, there is an estimated 300-plus trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the formation. Grand Junction is located at the bottom of the image.

As part of Operation Plowshare to promote the use of nuclear explosives for peaceful purposes, two explosions occured within the scope of this map to release natural gas. One was Project Rulison in 1969, using one 40-kiloton device eight miles southeast of what is now Parachute. The other, Project Rio Blanco, detonated three 30-kiloton devices in 1973, 30 miles northwest of Parachute. Both released large amounts of gas, but fears of radioactivity reaching consumers ended the project.


The Maps-Un-Natural series could also be called Psychedelic Maps. These are an effort to create a visually stunning and interesting image, usually with a limited color palette. The coloration varies only with elevation and often brings out notable landscape features.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.


Canyonlands National Park is a showcase of geology. The vivid and varied colors of the bare rocks and the fantastic canyons, buttes, spires, columns, alcoves, caves, arches, and other erosional forms of the canyon country result from a fortuitous combination of geologic and climatic circumstances and events unequaled inmost other parts of the world.

This image shows the central part of the park including Island in the Sky and Upheaval Dome south to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.

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Maps-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

Canyonlands National Park – Maps-al-Fresco™ Poster

Canyonlands National Park is a showcase of geology. The vivid and varied colors of the bare rocks and the fantastic canyons, buttes, spires, columns, alcoves, caves, arches, and other erosional forms of the canyon country result from a fortuitous combination of geologic and climatic circumstances and events unequaled inmost other parts of the world. This image shows the central part of the park including Island in the Sky and Upheaval Dome south to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.


Maps-al-Fresco harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Plain in appearance, they show the landscape in it’s simplest, greyscale form. Only the topography is included.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm