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View westward of the San Francisco Mountains from near Milford, Utah.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

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Colorado River upstream of Moab.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Green River in Green River, UT

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Fort Harmony and the Harmony Mountains across US I-15.

Photograph taken May 31, 2005 from the access road into Kolob Canyons.

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Hurricane as seen from the Hurricane Cliffs on the east.

Photograph taken May 31, 2005, from a pullout on Utah Highway 59, where the highway climbs up the cliff face. The Pine Valley Mountains are seen in the distance.

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Hurricane, Utah, looking southwest from a pullout on Utah Highway 59.

Photograph taken May 31, 2005.

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Frisco Mine workings.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

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La Verkin and the Hurricane Cliffs.

Photograph taken May 31, 2005.

The town in the foreground is La Verkin. In the lower right corner, Utah Highway 9 crosses the Virgin River in its gorge. The Hurricane Cliffs are the left face of the ridge in the center. This photo looks along the axis of the cliffs, as it was taken from Utah Highway 59 where it climbs up the face of the cliffs.

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View south from near Milford.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

The valley is called the Escalante Desert, the middle ground mountains are the Black Mountains, and the Pine Valley Mountains are in the distance.

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Looking west through Wah Wah Summit.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

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Plaque for town of Frisco.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers
No. 268
Erected 1961

Frisco

A typical mining town at the foot of the San Francisco Mountain (sic?) was fed by the fabulously rich horn silver mine. By 1885 over $60,000,000 in zinc, copper, lead, silver, and gold were hauled away by mule train and the Utah Central Railroad. Water was shipped in as well as all supplies. The the mine caved and people moved away, leaving only a few families of the 4,000 population to maintain their homes, stores, school, and church. By the 1920's only memories and the shifting sands were left.

Horn Silver Camp
Silver Desert Camp
Beaver County, Utah

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Looking west across Wah Wah Valley to the Wah Wah Mountains.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005, from the east side of the San Francisco Mountains.

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The beginning of Utah Highway 21

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

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The Bonneville Salt Flats from the Rest Stop on US I-80.

Photograph taken in August 2003. The horizontal lines on the hills in the distance are shorelines of Lake Bonneville.

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Looking north into the Wah Wah Mountains from Wah Wah Summit.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

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Bee Hive ovens at the Frisco Mine, Utah.

Photograph taken June 1, 2005.

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Arches National Park

Delicate Arch

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Arches at the Windows.

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Turret Arch

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Trailside discussion with a Ranger.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Cheryl rests on the trail to Delicate Arch.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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Trail to Delicate Arch

Photograph taken in August 2003.

The trail sign says it's 1.5 miles from the trail head to Delicate Arch. The first half of this trail climbs across this bare sandstone outcrop.

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Bonneville Salt Flats

US I-80 rest stop in the middle of the Bonneville salt flats.

Photograph taken August 17, 2003.

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Bryce Canyon National Park

View of the cliffs at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Photograph taken June 8, 2008.

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Capitol Reef National Park

Burr Trail Road entrance to Capitol Reef National Park

Photograph taken June 7, 2008.

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View of top side of Capitol Reef.

Photograph taken June 7, 2008.

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  • Field Notes: 7-Jun-08.
  • Road 1670 "Notom Road," Wayne and Garfield Counties, Utah: 70000.

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Switchbacks on the Burr Trail

Photograph taken June 7, 2008.

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Oyster Shell Reef on top of the Waterpocket Fold.

Photograph taken June 7, 2008.

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Landscape above the Waterpocket Fold

Photograph taken June 7, 2008.

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Switchback on the Burr Trail Road

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Carbon County

Wellington, Utah, from the east.

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

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Entrance to Miller Canyon.

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Coming into Helper, Utah, on US Highway 6

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Main Street, Helper, Utah

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Interpretive Display in Scofield

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

Scofield: One of Utah's First Coal Towns
Founded in 1879 -- a few years after coal was discovered in Pleasant Valley, Scofield was one of the earliest coal mining towns in Utah. With a number of mines in the vicinity providing employment, Scofield boasted nearly 2,000 citizens in its heydey. Miners and their families also lived in surrounding communities.
Scofield was the center of mining activity in Pleasant Valley from 1879 until the 1920s. After that, mining activity dwindled, and the town's population declined to only a few hundred. Mining in the area has made a comeback, possible leading to a re-birth of this picturesque high-county community.

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Interpretive Display about the Winter Quarters Mine Disaster

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

Winter Quarters: Portrait of a Disaster
Located up a canyon west of here, Winter Quarters was a small mining community founded about the same time as Scofield. At 10:25 a. m. on May 1, 1900, miners outside shaft No. 4 of the Winter Quarters Mine heard a dull thud. Experienced miners knew there had been an explosion. Working in coal dust sometimes ankle-deep, 199 of the 312 men inside the mine were quickly overcome by lethal gas produced when the dust was ignited by the explosion.
The Winter Quarters tradegy was the deadliest coal mine accident in U. S. history to that time. It left 107 widows, and 268 children fatherless, affecting virtually every family in Winter Quarters and Scofield. In spite of the disaster, the burning portion of the mine was sealed off and, after appropriate condolences to the families, surviving miners went back to work. The mines produced for another thirty years.

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Scofield Cemetary

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Dinosaur National Monument

The Green River exits Split Mountain Canyon.

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The quarry building at Dinosaur National Monument.

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The quarry at Dinosaur National Monument.

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Emery County

Tilted sediments at southeastern edge of San Rafael Swell

Photograph taken June 4, 2008.

Notice the flat-lying sediments at right.

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Small butte highlighted by sun through storm clouds.

Photograph taken June 4, 2008.

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San Rafael Swell, southeast edge, in the morning sun.

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Green River Cut-Off Road

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

I'm pretty sure this is Emery County Road 401 (EM401). I was thinking of going up this road, but it was too muddy.

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Beckwith Plateau from Cedar Mountain Overlook

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

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View north from Ghost Rock Rest Stop

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

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Profile of Beckwith Plateau seen from Woodside, Utah

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

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View west off of Cedar Mountain.

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

Cedar Mountain is the northern portion of the San Rafael Swell. Huntington and the Huntington Power Plant are in the left middleground.

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Beckwith Plateau as seen from the south, near Green River, Utah

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

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General view of Mounds, Utah

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

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  • Field Notes: 5-Jun-08 at Mounds.
  • Autecology of Desert Elkweed Frasera albomarginata S. Watson (Syn: Swertia a.) Gentianaceae in the American Southwest: near Mounds.

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View east on Moore Cut Off Road.

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

Looking east, up the west limb of the San Rafael swell anticline. US Interstate 70 is just over the ridge.

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View west on Moore Cut Off Road.

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

Photograph taken from a ridge just above US Interstate 70.

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US Interstate 70 at Exit 116, the "Moore Cut Off Road"

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US Interstate 70 on San Rafael Swell east of Ghost Rock Rest Stop

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Location map of Miller Canyon and the Emery Coal Fields

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  • Emery County Road 912, "Millers Canyon to Willow Springs Wash Road.": Miller Canyon.

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Along Moore Cut Off Road

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

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Sheepherder in Castle Valley.

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

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View to south of San Rafael Swell from Cedar Mountain Overlook

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

View south-southwest. The canyon in the middleground contains the San Rafael River, crossing from west to east, right to left.

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View across Huntington Reservoir in the early morning.

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Mounds, Utah, on the Union Pacific Railroad.

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Beckwith Plateau seen from Amtrak

Photographed 22 December 2012.

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Green River north of Green River

Photographed 20 June 2015.

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Garfield County

Colorado River just below the Hite bridge.

Photograph taken June 4, 2008.

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Hite from highway overlook.

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Hite Bridge

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Hite Bridge from highway overlook.

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Grand County

Interesting locations north of Moab

Map drawn August 31, 2009.

There are three interesting localities in this area 13 miles (20 km) north of Moab.

  1. There is a 1913 Marcus E. Jones collection of Frasera paniculata from "Courthouse Wash." From this location, Courthouse Wash descends southeast through Arches National Park, emptying into the Colorado River just north of Moab.
  2. Field Trip Stop 1-1 of Demko, et al., 2005, is at the northern pinch-out of lacustrine sediments of Mesozoic Lake T'oo'dichi'. The sediments are found in the Brushy Basin member of the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic).
  3. Just west of the highway are paleosol collection sites in the Morrison and Cedar Mountain Formations used by Retallack in his 2009 study of greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. Retallack used stomatal index data for fossil Ginko and related leaves as a proxy for past CO2 spikes and paleosol chemical data as proxies for temperature and humidity changes. These data show that global warming due to CO2 rise is a not a unique event in earth history and that the magnitude of the coming anthropogenic greenhouse pales in comparison with past greenhouse spikes at times of global mass extinctions.

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Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

Entrance to Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

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Interpretive sign for Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

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La Sal Mountains

The La Sal Mountains in the late afternoon

Photograph taken August 26, 2003.

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Millard County

Rainbow just south of Scipio

Photograph taken 29 Jul 2011.

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Road sign for U-Dig Fossils

Photograph taken 29 Jul 2011.

U-DIG Fossils
P.O. Box 1113 - Delta Utah 84624 - (435) 864-3638
U-DIG Fossils is a Fossil trilobite quarry
located 20 miles North of here.
Directional signs are placed along the way.
A variety of fossil trilobites are the most common fossils found.
U-DIG Fossils is open Monday-Saturday from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.
The Quarry is clised on Sundays.
Customers must arrive at the quarry by 4 P.M.
The quarry will close at 4 P.M.
when no customers are at the quarry.
Also, bad weather will close the quarry.

Customers are given a hammer, bucket, and some assistance
to collect their fossil trilobites.

Prices for digging
$28.00 per 2 hours for adults (Minimum)
$16.00 per 2 hours for youth (ages 7-16)
Children 6 and under no charge with a paying Adult.
Prices are lower for those who want to stay a half or full day
Yes, it is worth your trip. Most people do very well.
Usually 2 hours will get you plenty of trilobites.

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Miller Canyon

US I-70 west from Miller Canyon

Photographed 23 January 2015.

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County Road 912 at the top of Miller Canyon

Photographed 23 January 2015.

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The mouth of Miller Canyon in the Coal Cliffs

Photographed 23 January 2015.

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US I-70 east from Miller Canyon

Photographed 23 January 2015.

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Moab and Area

The Colorado River Exits Spanish Valley near Moab, Utah.

Photograph taken 27 August 2003.

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Salt Lake City

Organ concert in Temple Square.

Photograph taken August 17, 2003.

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San Juan County

Monocline west of Comb Ridge

Photograph taken June 4, 2008.

This view looks north. We are seeing the eastern boundary of the Monument Upwarp. The upwarp is to the left (west) and the rocks exposed are the Permian Cutler Group (Demko, 2003). The cliffs of Comb Ridge to the right are the Jurassic Wingate, Kayenta, and Navajo Formations.

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Squaw and Papoose Rock from the northeast

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Squaw and Papoose Rock from the southwest.

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Commerative sign about Battle of Paiute Pass

Photograph taken June 4, 2008.

Battle of Paiute Pass
On July 15, 1884, a U. S. Calvary scout named Joseph S. Wormington and a cowboy names James "Rowdy" Higgins were killed in a battle with indians at nearby Paiute Pass. These men were part of a posse of cattlemen and Sixth Calvary - F - troop soldiers from Fort Lewis, Colorado who were chasing a band of renegade Ute and Paiute indians led by Mancos Jim. The indians had stolen 150 head of horses from the round-up grounds in Verdure, Utah. After a 75 mile chase the Utes and Paiutes led the possee and soldiers into an ambush. Two months after the battle, prospectors Cass Hite and Joe Duckett found and buried the remains. The Utes and Paiutes were watching the U. S. Government absorb their homelands. They fought back in the only way they knew how. The soldier gave his life in the service of his country. The cowboy did the tough job he was paid to do and a little more. All of them played out their heroic roles in this epoch struggle to settle the old west.

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View northwest (down) White Canyon

Photograph taken June 4, 2008.

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Comb Creek from Highway 95

Photograph taken June 4, 2008.

This view is looking northwest across Comb Creek onto the Monument Upwarp.

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Canyon near Alkali Creek.

Photograph taken June 3, 2008.

Looked here for Frasera albomarginata.

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San Rafael Swell

San Rafael Swell.

Photograph taken in August 2003.

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US I-70 descends through Spotted Wolf Canyon

Photographed 23 January 2015.

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Sevier County

Paradise Valley from the north

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

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Paradise Valley from the south

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Sevier River Valley

Courthouse at Junction

Photographed 23 January 2015.

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Uintah County

North end of Scofield Reservoir.

Photograph taken June 5, 2008.

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Utah, Beaver County

Wah Wah Mountains across Pine Valley, Utah

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View east to Milford and the Mineral Mountains

Photograph taken June 9, 2008.

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Wah Wah Springs south of the highway.

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Location west of Wah Wah Summit where Frasera albomarginata was found.

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Looking west near Wah Wah Summit.

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Frasera albomarginata location near Wah Wah Summit.

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Looking east near Wah Wah Summit.

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View just west of Wah Wah Summit

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Utah, Emery County

Up the road from the Frasera albomarginata locality.

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Down the road from the Frasera albomarginata locality.

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Probable Location of Summerville Point, Emery County, Utah

Location suggested per personal communication with Dennis Udink (www.udink.org) and Gary Wulfenstein (www.sanrafaelswell.org).

This map with a wider scope is available at: http://www.schweich.com/images/UTEmeSummervillePt.pdf .

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  • Emery County Route 401, "Green River Cut-Off," Emery County, Utah: 72000.

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Utah, Garfield County

Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Byway

Photograph taken June 7, 2008.

Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Byway
It took pioneers 6 weeks to travel this route, but today you can drive in approsimately 6 hours. Drive the forgotten route to famous Hole-in-the-Rock located on the cliffs high above Lake Powell.
An Impossible Trek
In 1879 the Mormon Church formed the San Juan Mission to colonize southeastern Utah. Over 200 people responded to the call and gathered in Escalante to pioneer a direct route to the San Juan Country.
With 83 wagons and hundreds of head of livestock they traveled over seemingly impassible terrain to fulfill their mission. The most notable feat was the cutting of a road down Hole-in-the-Rock a narrow notch in the 1,200 foot cliff above the Colorado River.
Building the road down Hole-in-the-Rock required six weeks. The entire 270 mile journey, which ended at present day Bluff, Utah, took six months.
Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Backway takes you into a very remote and beautiful area. Because of the remoteness, travellers are advised to take plenty of water and a full tank of gas. This road may be impassable when wet. If you are unsure, please check with the Escalante Interagency Office before proceeding.
55 miles to Hole-in-the-Rock, high-clearance vehicle required last 5 miles.

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Interpretive sign at highway viewpoint.

Photograph taken June 8, 2008.

A Landmark in History
John Wesley Powell ... The name alone invokes thoughts of adventure, bravery, exploration, and men pitted against nature. Powell expeditions of 1869-1872 on the Green and Colorado Rivers have sparked the imaginations of readers and river runners for more than a hundred years.
Powell's explorations were more than adventures. They provided valuable information about unmapped regions. Powell Point was used as a landmark survey point by the Powell Expedition. Powell Point dominates the landscape, rising 10,188 feet above sea level.

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Powell Point from Utah Highway 12

Photograph taken June 8, 2008.

I believe the gray cliffs compose the area known as "The Blues."

Near this location is a paleosol collection site in the Upper Cretaceous Kaiparowits Formation used by Retallack in his 2009 study of greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. Retallack used stomatal index data for fossil Ginko and related leaves as a proxy for past CO2 spikes and paleosol chemical data as proxies for temperature and humidity changes. These data show that global warming due to CO2 rise is a not a unique event in earth history and that the magnitude of the coming anthropogenic greenhouse pales in comparison with past greenhouse spikes at times of global mass extinctions.

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Summit on Utah Highway 12

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Wide Hollow Reservoir near Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.

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Entrance to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

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Harris Wash Road junction

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View north toward Boulder

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Calf Creek from UT Hwy 12.

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View of Boulder from south.

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View along the Burr Trail Road

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View of Long Canyon from the lower end

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Interpretive sign for the Burr Trail Road

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John Atlantic Burr's Cattle Trail
Trail of Many Uses
"Coming up through there, the sand was bad enough that you'd back up and take a run on it and maybe you's make twenty feet, maybe you'd make a hundred. Then you'd have to back up, you know, and get another run, ... keep breaking the track. And we did, we crawled right up out of there."

-- Lincoln Lyman, Boulder resident and road builder commenting on the Burr Trail before the road was built.

The Burr Trail Road was originally used to move cattle from the Acquarius Plateau on Boulder Mountain to Bullfrog Basin, near the Colorado River. In the 1880s, John Atlantic Burr built it for this purpose, and thus it became known as the "Burr Trail."

The Burr Trail Road links the town of Boulder with Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Ara. It follows a natural corridor of exposed rock formations through Long Canyon, Circle Cliffs, and the Waterpocket Fold. As you travel along the road, note the sheer Wingate Formation that stretches vertically toward the sky, and the alcoves and arches that are slowly being created by erosion. Today the study of geology is a primary focus of the Burr Trail area in the Monument.

Seeking Fortunes in the Wilderness
Extractive Exploration
The Burr Trail evolved into a road in the late 1940s, when it served as the main corridor for mineral exploration. Claims to oil, coal and uranium were made by local residents and by companiesfrom around the country. Seemingly overnight, the population in nearby towns grew, and newly-built wood houses were filled with employees of the mines and their families.

The mines were scattered across the landscape. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is currently surveying and reclaiming the abandoned mines and hazardous sites, working in partnership with the State of Utah and other government agencies.

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View of the Straight Cliffs near Escalante

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Utah, Garfield County, Left Hand Collet Canyon

Small cove in lower Left Hand Collet Canyon

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View of lower Left Hand Collet Canyon

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Looking down Left Hand Collet Canyon

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Left Hand Collet Canyon near its mouth.

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Left Hand Collet Canyon from Hole in the Rock Road

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Utah, Iron County

View north on Utah Highway 21

Photograph taken June 9, 2008.

Minersville is at the base of the Mineral Mountains in the right distance.

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View of farm along Utah Highway 21.

Photograph taken June 9, 2008.

Black Point is at extreme right.

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Utah, Kane County

Portion of Cads Crotch

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Point of rocks near the south end of Cottonwood Canyon Road.

Photograph taken June 8, 2008.

This point of rocks does not seem to have a name.

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Reef (limb of a monocline) in Cads Crotch

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Grosvenor Arch

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View north from Cottonwood Canyon Road

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I think the reef in the middleground is Wiggler Bench. Powell Point is in the center distance.

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View of Kodachrome Basin

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View of Kodachrome Basin

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Utah, Millard County

Warm Point

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Utah, Panguitch

Map of the roads near Panguitch, Utah.

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Utah, San Juan County

Map showing collections of Frasera albomarginata near Squaw and Papoose Rock

Map drawn 15 September 2008.

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Which way to go? Junction of Fortknocker Canyon and Jacks Loop Roads

Photograph taken 6-Jun-08.

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Location of the real Horse Tanks Road, San Juan County, Utah

Map drawn 21 September 2008.

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Utah, Washington County

View Mount Trumbull Loop Road from end of River Road.

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View back down Oak Grove Road.

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View toward top of Pine Valley Mountains

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Virgin River

Virgin River in its gorge, near the upper end.

Photograph taken May 30, 2005.

While driving through the Virgin River Gorge, I watched for a place to stop and take an interesting photo. Unfortunately, there are very few places to stop, and many places are signed "No Stopping." By the time we stopped here, we were nearly through the gorge, and there wasn't much interesting to see here.

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Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area, Washington County, Utah

Photograph taken May 30, 2005.

We stopped for lunch at the Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area, where we watched some rafters launch their raft. Even though it was early in the season, this location was very dry and quite hot.

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Wayne County

View southeast into South Desert and Capitol Reef National Park.

Photograph taken June 6, 2008.

The Henry Mountains are in the distance.

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Zion National Park

Cheryl and Tom at the Kolob Canyons Overlook.

Photograph taken May 31, 2005.

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Looking southwest along US I-15 near Kolob Canyons.

Photograph taken May 31, 2005.

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