Escalante Grand Staircase 2017

On the downward, southern, side of Boulder Mountain, UT12 passes through the small town of Boulder and then out along a narrowing mesa top which ends at the ‘Hogback’. The mesa is just slightly larger than the road at this point and I remember the first time I drove this route, I literally thought that…

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Boulder Mountain 2017

After leaving the Capitol Reef in the early afternoon, we continued west on UT24 a short way and then turned south on UT12. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, UT12 is the most spectacular road trip ever! Apparently, lots of folk agree because it has now turned in to an official scenic…

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Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument 2001

We left Bryce to travel over US 12 in Utah which I had always thought went through some of the most colourful and spectacular scenery in the state. Apparently other people thought so too because the area has now been declared the Escalante Staircase National Monument. The road (and Monument) extends from Panguitch in the…

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Capitol Reef National Park 1995

After proceeding through Natural Bridges and Glen Canyon, we travelled through some interesting geology around Caineville and then reached the Capitol Reef National Park. The Capitol Reef is part of the Waterpocket Fold. The rock is layered at a steep angle descending to the east. The ‘reef’ is the sharply erode western edge of the…

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