Lower Shutup

Lajitas, Texas

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The Solitario is a giant collapsed dome on the east side of the state park, Although it looks like a giant impact crater caused by something from space, it was caused by a dome that was pushed up by a large granite laccolith from underneath. Volcanic activity left a collapsed caldera within the Solitario. With time erosion has carved the tilted-up beds of the dome and cut deep canyons into its wall. One of the canyons, the Lower Shutup, drains much of the southern side of the Solitario.

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"The Solitario is a giant collapsed dome on the east side of the state park, Although it looks like a giant impact crater caused by something from space, it was caused by a dome that was pushed up by a large granite laccolith from underneath. Volcanic activity left a collapsed caldera within the Solitario. With time erosion has carved the tilted-up beds of the dome and cut deep canyons into its wall. One of the canyons, the Lower Shutup, drains much of the southern side of the Solitario."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lajitas
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park

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Jun 2018