Riders of the Purple Sage Setting & Symbolism

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Deception Pass

So named for the intricate and confusing network of intersecting casons which it contains, Deception Pass is a wide, natural passageway through the mountainous rock cliffs in the borderlands of Utah. Its fertile fields, ample water supply, and boxed in casons suitable for penning livestock make Deception Pass an excellent hideout. Both Oldring and Venters are able to find hideouts within the Pass large enough to farm and raise livestock while still remaining hidden.

Surprise Valley

Located behind the protective Balancing Rock, Surprise Valley is the name given to the lush, hidden valley which Venters discovers inside Deception Pass. It is in this beautiful but isolated valley where Jane, Lassiter, and little Fay are ultimately trapped for all eternity.

Balancing Rock

Balancing Rock is the name Venters gives to the huge, ancient boulder used by the long-extinct cliff-dwelling Indians for protection. The cliff-dwellers chipped away at...

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