Utah

Nineteen Photos of Roads

Lubken Canyon Road, Owens Valley.
Lubken Canyon Road, Owens Valley.
Huntington, Indiana
Huntington, Indiana
Beartooth Pass, Montana in July, a little over 11,000' elevation.
Beartooth Pass, Montana in July, a little over 11,000′ elevation.
Highway 5 near El Huerfanito, Baja California.
Highway 5 near El Huerfanito, Baja California.
Road sign, Rye, Colorado.
Road sign, Rye, Colorado.
California Poppies near Highway 138 in Neenach, California.
California Poppies near Highway 138 in Neenach, California.
Mexico Highway 1, Baja California Sur.
Mexico Highway 1, Baja California Sur.
A pole line in Antelope Valley, California.
A pole line in Antelope Valley, California.
Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.
Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.
Monument Valley, Arizona.
Monument Valley, Arizona.
Goat Ranch Cutoff, near Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierras.
Goat Ranch Cutoff, near Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierras.
Eastbound lanes of Mexico Highway 2 near La Rumorosa.
Eastbound lanes of Mexico Highway 2 near La Rumorosa.
A real, non-Photoshopped sign in the Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction.
A real, non-Photoshopped sign in the Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction.
Cows, in no particular hurry, crossing Mexico Highway 1 near Ciudad Constitución, Baja California Sur.
Cows, in no particular hurry, crossing Mexico Highway 1 near Ciudad Constitución, Baja California Sur.
Wind turbines towering over Oak Creek Road, near Mojave, California.
Wind turbines towering over Oak Creek Road, near Mojave, California.
Highway 12 passing through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.
Highway 12 passing through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.
Mexico Highway 1, near San Agustin, Baja California.
Mexico Highway 1, near San Agustin, Baja California.
Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts
Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts.
Starting down the eastbound lanes of Mexico Highway 2 near La Rumorosa.
Starting down the eastbound lanes of Mexico Highway 2 near La Rumorosa.

Why Utah Sucks

We really like Utah – the people are awesome, the mountain biking is off-the-charts, and it has some of the best earth on show. But when it comes to beer, remember to bring your own from home or a neighboring state. You’ve been forewarned.

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Bryce Canyon National Park, and Kodachrome Basin State Park

Carol snaps a photo for some tourists.
Carol snaps a photo for some tourists.

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A sunset at Bryce. In the foreground is Tropic, UT, home of über pedestrian pizza.
A sunset at Bryce. In the foreground is Tropic, UT, home of über pedestrian pizza.

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Beware of the ravens, for they will peck your eyes out.
Beware of the ravens, for they will peck your eyes out.

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Hiking in the bowels of Bryce.
Hiking in the bowels of Bryce.

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We were hiking up a series of switchbacks in Bryce, and this squirrel followed us, begging for food at each level - he was very persistent moving up the hill with us.
We were hiking up a series of switchbacks in Bryce, and this squirrel followed us, begging for food at each level – he was very persistent moving up the hill with us.
Kodachrome Basin State Park. Please don't take my Kodachrome away.
Kodachrome Basin State Park. Please don’t take my Kodachrome away.

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Burr Trail, Utah

Carol and I traveled over the Burr Trail in Utah, a 70 mile dirt road which runs between Bullfrog on the shore of Lake Powell, to the town of Boulder. We started by taking a ferry across Lake Powell, from Hall Crossing to the Bullfrog Marina.

On the eastern shore of Lake Powell, we discovered some cliff dwellings in amazingly good condition.
On the eastern shore of Lake Powell, we discovered some cliff dwellings in amazingly good condition.
Waiting for the ferry to arrive at Halls Crossing.
Waiting for the ferry to arrive at Halls Crossing.
There were only about a half-dozen vehicles on the ferry, maybe 30% capacity.
There were only about a half-dozen vehicles on the ferry, maybe 30% capacity.
It was fun watching us cross Lake Powell at 9.22 mph (the pink line is our breadcrumbs) - I've never experienced a water crossing in our Toyota.
It was fun watching us cross Lake Powell at 9.22 mph (the pink line is our breadcrumbs) – I’ve never experienced this type of water crossing in our Toyota before.
Approaching Bullfrog Landing on the west side of Lake Powell.
Approaching Bullfrog Landing on the west side of Lake Powell.
There was standing water in some of the washes, not surprising knowing that July-September is Utah's flash flood season.
There was standing water in some of the washes, not surprising knowing that July-September is Utah’s flash flood season.
As the road climbed in elevation, we got some great views of Bullfrog Creek and the surrounding red cliffs.
As the road climbed in elevation, we got some great views of Bullfrog Creek and the surrounding red cliffs.
Burr Trail's switchbacks on the Capitol Reef National Park boundary. We got a distant view of the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long bend in the earth's crust.
Burr Trail’s switchbacks on the Capitol Reef National Park boundary. We got a distant view of the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long bend (monocline) in the earth’s crust.
Much of the Burr Trail is either paved or graded dirt, suitable for almost any vehicle in dry weather. Of course when the road gets wet, all bets are off.
Much of the Burr Trail is either paved or graded dirt, suitable for almost any vehicle in dry weather. Of course when the road gets wet, all bets are off.

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We spent the night in Wolverine Canyon, a 15 mile loop-trip off the main Burr Trail. We cooked dinner and spent the night under the Cottonwoods.
We spent the night in Wolverine Canyon, a 15 mile loop-trip off the main Burr Trail. We cooked dinner and spent the night under the Cottonwoods.

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Gassing up at Boulder, UT after finishing the Burr Trail. Fruit pie-on-hood.
Gassing up at Boulder, UT after finishing the Burr Trail. Fruit pie-on-hood.
After Burr Trail fun, we continued west on Highway 12, a spectacular road cut through Utah's rocks.
After Burr Trail fun, we continued west on Highway 12, a spectacular road cut through Utah’s rocks.
Bucketloads of Utah scenery with Calf Creek in the foregound.
Bucketloads of Utah scenery with Calf Creek in the foreground.