Road Trip, Part 2 – Hanksville to Red Canyon, Utah, Sept. 9-10/14


It was raining heavily as we left our campsite in North Wash, and we opted to stay on paved roads for the time being. We were happy to have breakfast in Hanksville, and then drove west into Capitol Reef National Park.

Blondie's, in Hanksville

Blondie’s, in Hanksville

Factory Butte, west of Hanksville. This photo has been processed to resemble a watercolor painting.

Factory Butte, west of Hanksville. This photo has been processed to resemble a watercolor painting.

Clay hill

Clay hill

Clay hill

Clay hill

View to the southeast of the northern end of the Henry Mountains

View to the southeast of the northern end of the Henry Mountains

The flooding Fremont River runs through a sculpted channel it has cut into the sandstone

The flooding Fremont River runs through a sculpted channel it has cut into the sandstone, in Capitol Reef NP

The flooding Fremont River runs through a sculpted channel it has cut into the sandstone

The flooding Fremont River runs through a sculpted channel it has cut into the sandstone

Falls on the Fremont River

Falls on the Fremont River

Tumbled blocks at Capitol Reef NP

Tumbled blocks at Capitol Reef NP

Capitol Reef NP

Capitol Reef NP

Capitol Reef NP

Capitol Reef NP

We continued on to Torrey, where we turned south and drove over Boulder Mountain, to Boulder and then Escalante. Because of local flooding, we put aside our plans to explore slot canyons in the Escalante area.

View to the east of the Henry Mountains

View to the east of the Henry Mountains, from Boulder Mountain

View to the east of Capitol Reef sandstone formations and the Henry Mountains

View to the northeast of Capitol Reef sandstone formations and Factory Butte, in the distance, from Boulder Mountain

Stormy skis on Boulder Mountain

Stormy skies on Boulder Mountain

Calf Creek, to the right of the narrow crest followed by the highway

Calf Creek, to the right of the narrow ridge crest followed by the highway

Approaching Boulder, view to the west

Approaching Boulder, view to the east

View back towards Boulder Mountain

View back towards Boulder Mountain

Escalante River canyon

Escalante River canyon

From Escalante, we continued on Hwy 12 in a southwesterly direction towards Cannonville, arriving for the night at Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Powell Point informational sign, along Hwy 12 between Escalante and Cannonville

Second Powell Expedition informational sign, along Hwy 12 between Escalante and Cannonville

Kaiparowits informational sign, along Hwy 12 between Escalante and Cannonville

Kaiparowits informational sign, along Hwy 12 between Escalante and Cannonville

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Clay hills and the Pink Cliffs, to the northwest of Hwy 12

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Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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One of the strange pinnacles found at Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Another pinnacle, at Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Indian paintbrush, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Indian paintbrush, at Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Scrub jay in juniper, at Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Juniper, pinon pine and yucca, at Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

In the morning, we continued west and over the Paunsaugunt Plateau, passing the entrance to Bryce Canyon NP, and descending through Red Canyon.

Paria River in flood

Paria River in flood

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Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, near Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Old cabin, near Cannonville, Utah

Old cabin and asters, near Cannonville, Utah,

Hay meadow, Cannonville, Utah

Hay meadow, Cannonville, Utah, with view to Powell Point

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Red Canyon, west of Bryce NP

Part 3 will cover a brief visit to Zion National Park (the campground was full and the Virgin River flooding), followed by a descent into Nevada alongside the Virgin River in the Virgin River Gorge, a visit to Valley of Fires State Park and then on to southern California.

https://believesteve.org/2014/10/11/road-trip-part-3-zion-np-ut-to-simi-valley-ca-sept-10-11/

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to Road Trip, Part 2 – Hanksville to Red Canyon, Utah, Sept. 9-10/14

  1. Britt Runyon says:

    Gott’ah love a good flood.

    Like

  2. Pingback: Road Trip, Part 1 – Bluff to North Wash, UT, Sept. 7-9/14 | BelieveSteve (StevenRichardMiller)

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