natural amphitheater has been eroded out of the multi-hued Pink Cliffs
east of Cedar City, Utah. Many years of sedimentation, uplift and
erosion have created a deep canyon of brightly colored rock walls, fins, spires and
The rocks in the amphitheater contain iron and manganese in various
combinations which provide the brilliant colors. Iron oxides provide
the reds, oranges, and yellows, while manganese oxides provide shades of
purple. The Indians called it the "Circle of Painted Cliffs".