The False Kiva

Canyonlands National Park, UT


The False Kiva is one of the most intriguing locations for landscape photographers in the American Southwest. This mysterious place provides a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime view from inside a potential Anasazi alcove overlooking the Green River canyon and its jaw-dropping horizon. This mesmerizing setting is timeless, peaceful, breathtaking, amazing, and otherworldly.

Each time I visit here, I always ask myself, “How did this happen?” What are the chances of this perfectly shaped alcove, placed in the middle of nowhere, overlooking one of the most stunning vistas in the entire southwest? The Kiva is a ring of stacked rocks about 15 feet in diameter. The “False” part implies it is not a real Kiva (which was a ceremonial worship place for the Anasazi Indians).


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Here’s what we provide

  • GPS Coordinates & Elevation

    We provide exact GPS coordinates (in both DDM and DD formats) & elevation with automatic links directly into Google maps.

  • Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)

    Know beforehand what you are getting into! We provide a quick overview of the location. Is it easy, moderate or difficult to access?

  • Directions

    For each location we provide detailed directions along with a direct link to Google maps allowing turn by turn directions.

  • Best Time of Day to Shoot

    It is all about the light! We help you plan your trip and let you know if the location is a sunrise, sunset or anytime shot.

  • Best Time of Year to Shoot

    Sunrise might be best in summer or the water fall conditions are best for spring. We will let you know.

  • What Lens(es) Do You Need

    If you are hiking a long distance, weight is important. We provide which lens(es) are needed to help lighten your load.

  • Special Nuances of the Shot

    Not every place is as you might think. We provide a personal insight to the location and an approach to taking the shot.

  • Google Maps Birds-Eye-View

    For each location we provide a birds-eye view to provide a better understanding of the layout and terrain of the location.

  • + 13 Other Data Points

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