Roden Crater Landscape

James Turrell's project has included the study of the conditions and context of the landscape surrounding Roden Crater: the area's geology, history, and archeology, and its past and present inhabitants. Currently, Turrell has fostered a rapport between the western tradition of cattle ranching and his sincere environmental concerns to restore lands depleted by careless ranching and threatened by modern development.

Turrell spent several years surveying the western United States for ideal visual effects created by a natural crater bowl open to a vast sky. His lifelong passion for aviation and the experiences of the sky and earth from the perspective of gliders and airplanes was also critical to his learning about visual phenomena. "My airplane is my studio," he says.

Map of Area Surrounding Roden Crater

Photo Gallery of Roden Crater    Geological History  
Archeological History    Walking Cane Ranch