Photo Review: Manti La Sal National Forest – Indian Creek and Newspaper Rock

Most of these photos were taken during my bike/run/hike adventure on Indian Creek Trail in the Manti La Sal National Forest near Monticello, Utah a week and a half ago.  We decided to camp along Indian Creek and try biking the trail in the morning.  The trail is designed for dirt bikes / motorcycles, so we were hoping it might work for mountain bikes as well.  Unfortunately, the trail turned out to have a lot of deep sand and it was very slow and frustrating on the bike.  So… I ditched my bike and decided to hike while Jay turned around to find a better mountain bike trail.  Soon, I was inspired to run.  It was 6 miles one way to Newspaper Rock (a well known petroglyph site).  I really wanted to be able to make it the whole way so I started running all of the downhill and flat sections.  I made it there in great time but was definitely hurting some on the way back.  Not to mention I was more than an hour later than I had expected to meet up with Jay.  It was just such a beautiful trail that I wanted to complete the whole thing.  Hope you enjoy the photos.

Abajo Peak in fall colors

beautiful fall colors on the Abajos

Cottonwood trees in Fallclouds over Indian Creekindian creek

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Newspaper Rock

Anazazi petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock

buffalo petroglyph at Newspaper Rock

buffalo petroglyph at Newspaper Rock

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One response to “Photo Review: Manti La Sal National Forest – Indian Creek and Newspaper Rock

  1. totally surreal; what an otherworldly paradise!

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