Photo Review: San Juan County, southwestern Utah

We entered San Juan County, Utah from the Navajo Reservation, just east of Monument Valley. Soon we crossed the San Juan River, which carved a lot of this landscape and adds color and life to the it’s rocky surroundings. After seeing the river wind around multiple bends at Goosenecks State Park, we headed north and to the infamous Moki Dugway road up onto the mesa. Cedar Mesa is an epicenter for ancient indian ruins. We hiked to Junction ruin via Kane Gulch the next day. With beautiful weather and the leaves at peak color, this was our favorite hike in a long time.

View of San Juan River from Goosenecks State Park

View of San Juan River from Goosenecks State Park

view of San Juan River from Goosenecks State Park

view of San Juan River from Goosenecks State Park

Kane Gulch

Kane Gulch

Balanced rock in Kane Gulch

Balanced rock in Kane Gulch

Butterfly taking flight

Butterfly taking flight

Bend in the canyon in Kane Gulch

Bend in the canyon in Kane Gulch

Kane Gulch

Kane Gulch

Aspens in Kane Gulch

Aspens grow in Kane Gulch even though they're not supposed to .. .something about a microclimate related to the ice age...

Junction House Ruin at intersection of Kane Gulch and Grand Gulch

Junction House Ruin at intersection of Kane Gulch and Grand Gulch

Kane Gulch

Kane Gulch

Kane Gulch

Kane Gulch

view of Cedar Mesa

view of Cedar Mesa

natural rock coloring near Cedar Mesa

natural rock coloring near Cedar Mesa

 

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3 responses to “Photo Review: San Juan County, southwestern Utah

  1. Wonderful photography and such fascinating areas. It’s surreal almost. I’d like it if you occasionally put you or Jay in the picture (or a bike or something) to help show the size of the rocks, boulders, etc. Specially in the Kane Gulch pictures; I’m not sure how big some of those things are that I’m looking at!

  2. Sorry – that last post was from me, not John T. We had been sharing the computer on our trip!

  3. Thanks. Yea, we do have a fun picture of me sitting underneath the balanced rock. It made a great place to eat a snack because it was probably 10 degrees colder than the surrounding area.

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