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Photo in America’s National Parks Book from 1966

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping

UPDATE:  After some relatively quick searching, I discovered this image is available via National Geographic’s Stock Imagery. Below is an example of the original image.

The photograph was taken in Horse Canyon in Utah.  The photographer was W. Robert Moore.  The picture ID is #614798.

To find the photo, go to the website and then enter the id of  614798 in the “quick explore” box.


I bought a book from the 1960s full of photographs from America’s National Parks, called “America’s Wonderlands The National Parks National Geographic“.  As you can see in the link, I paid a whole $1.60 for it.  On Page 222-223 I found this photograph of two jeeps wandering through Canyonlands National Park.  It’s too bad the photograph is slightly split by the binding.


16 Comments on “Photo in America’s National Parks Book from 1966

  1. Buz

    Great photo, thanks for sharing !
    I wonder if you could buy a copy of the photo from National Geographic?

  2. mmdeilers Post author

    Hey guys,

    I found the picture at the NGS. You can get prints of it. I’ve updated the post with the info.

    – Dave

  3. tom

    hell yes i would also like a copy. PLEASE!

    almost looks like a shot from the old movie “Lost World” or something like that. like they are trying to get away quick from a monster.

  4. Robert

    By looking at the tire tracks, the fiirst guy stayed high and dry. Then it looks to me that the second guy went low and tried to perhaps “git some!”. Canyonlands is a great spot.

  5. mmdeilers Post author

    And the whole time the jeep was being pulled out, the driver probably repeated, “It didn’t look that deep” . . . famous last words. Naturally, I’ve used those words a time or two myself 🙂

  6. Buz

    And people give me a hard time when I stop and get out and walk what looks like soft ground first. The killer is turning the wheel from straight ahead, it will bury you every time.

  7. Brian

    Old timer told me to put your hood up and get behind it when pulling like this. All it takes is for a hook or link or cable or anchor to let go and you will wish you were. His quote not mine. Great pic. Can’t figure out what the guy on the right is doing? Also, there must be several other vehicles not shown if you do a head count and open seat count plus the person taking the picture.

  8. Buz

    I saw a cable hook on a winch cable let go from a pull several years ago. It was like slow motion when the cable spun around the guy operating the winch, and then the hook hit him in the head. We called 911 but had to drive all the way out to the pavement to meet the fire dept and ambulance and guide them in. I always remember that day when using a winch.

  9. mmdeilers Post author

    Dad was pulling out a cedar stump next to the house when I was just a kid. I remember a big hole around the stump. The stump was mostly severed from the roots, but there was one tricky root underneath. He decided the winch could handle the remainder of the stump. However, the stump was tougher than he thought. The winch (an 8,000lb Warn), pulled so hard and the stump was so resilient, that the end of the line separated from the hook. From that day on he used multiple u-bolts to attach the hook and never tried to winch out another stump.

  10. FHansell

    I found out this picture is part of an article in the May 1962 issue of National Geographic… I’m fairly sure the Jeep on the right Belongs to “Tug” Wilson, the son of Bates Wilson (Canyonlands’ first Superintendent). The article was titled “Cities of Stone in Utah’s Canyonland”.

  11. mmdeilers Post author

    Thanks for that note! I will buy a copy of that issue off of eBay right now.

    – Dave

  12. FHansell

    No problem, I thought the jeep looked familiar, you can see it in more pictures on the website. I just googled Tug Wilson Canyonlands. It wasn’t until I read an interview with him from the early 90’s that linked him to this picture. He talked specifically about taking the photographer through the area, and mentioned that National Geographic ran the article a few years later.

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