The Cave Peak aerial stairway at Amangiri, Utah: Jaw-dropping new stairway hovers over US desert

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Even the name is somewhat daunting. The Cave Peak aerial stairway at Amangiri, which opened in early April, is the longest climb of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere.

There are 120 steps that span 60 metres in length and hover some 122 metres above a desert expanse filled with rugged, 160 million-year-old rock escarpments.

Each step, made of thin but supportive slats of metal, is connected by a skeleton of wiring - similar to hanging bridges but on an incline. Look in any direction - left, right, up, down (if you dare) - and you'll find little between you and the vastness of the desert and its sand-swept terrain.

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