Stretching my arms upward as I scan the horizon, I’m getting excited to hike into Horseshoe Canyon. I’m back at Crystal Geyser, and enjoying the view overlooking the Green River. Its early morning and the sun is dancing above the horizon and beginning to dispel the cool air that night brought to the area. Cattle are grazing on the grass just south of the geyser, and I notice the geyser has burped a few splashes onto the surrounding rock and steam has started to form. Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 11 – Horseshoe Canyon”
Cruising on highway 95 north through Fry Canyon and Hite, the sun is setting and the landscape is pushing the last bit of color from the peaks as the darkness looms in the east. I’m hoping to cut through these last few canyons and get to a campsite, but as I keep driving I realize I’m on a scenic byway and am cutting through some beautiful country. Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 10 – Scenic Byway”
Getting back onto the hardball and heading west on highway 163, I quickly found my next adventure heading back off the road into Lower Butler Wash and searching for the Wolfman Pictograph Site. At about a mile north of highway 163 I make my way down this dirt road that is being consumed by the grasslands. At the end of the road I once again have to resort to hiking the rest of the way. Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 8 – Wolfman Rock Art”
Camped in Comb Wash in the midst of a small but old cottonwood stand, with glowing red rock walls. The morning sun lit up the whole area and sent my camera into color overload. Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 7 – Hovenweep”
Heading into Canyonlands National Park from the southern entrance is pretty awe-inspiring. After turning off highway 191 and heading west there is a large expanse that separates the distant mountains. Then the plains give way to a flowering meadow and begins cutting into a canyon. Newspaper Rock is located just inside where the canyon opens and allows the cottonwoods to overtake the cut.
Slept late this morning, got camp broke and ready to go at about 11 am. Two cups of coffee, clean clothes, and a full tank of fuel, as I’m off into the Utah landscape. Driving south under the mid day sun while the pavement heats up and the mirages dance on the far distant pavement.
Making my way out of Buckhorn Wash and getting back on I-70, I head east back towards the town of Green River in search of a small dirt road that connects directly to I-70 around mile marker 147. Upon my success, I turn off the interstate and open the gate and proceed in to Black Dragon Canyon. Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 4 – Black Dragon Canyon”
Blazing west on I-70 with the truck windows down, the sun overhead, passed Black Dragon Canyon, and through a small pass, on my way to the next site. I make time arriving about 20 miles west of the town of Green River, and turn onto a frontage road leading into Buckhorn Canyon. Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 3 – Buckhorn Wash”
As I awoke at Crystal Geyser and enjoyed my morning cup of coffee, I packed up camp and moved out to view the pictographs at Sego Canyon. Taking the Thompson Springs exit on I-70 and headed through town, around a bend, and down a road headed straight into the mountains to the north, I felt the excitement to see these pictographs that were a couple hundred years old. Venturing past the “No Trespassing” signs I could see a pull-off just up ahead. Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 2 – Sego Canyon”
I recently returned from Utah on a 5 day adventure touring some petroglyphs around Green River and the Four Corners Region. Camping under the stars and hiking into some of these remote areas was exhilarating and exhausting. Utah in May is still very comfortable with highs in the 80-90’s and lows averaging around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity was low and the vegetation was very green and lush while the flowers were in full bloom.
Continue reading “Utah Adventure Pt 1 – Crystal Geyser”