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Photo Review: Lincoln County Nevada and Dixie National Forest, Utah

Since leaving Las vegas on Monday we have enjoyed some of the best roadside scenery in the U.S.. Here is just one of several photo posts…

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Thunder Mountain Trail, Dixie National Forest, UT

Thunder Mountain Trailhead

Last week, before arriving in Flagstaff, I finally got the chance to ride the Thunder Mountain Trail in southern Utah. This trail is very near Bryce Canyon National Park and offers up scenery of that sort. What is that sort?, well, it’s rather other worldly and breathtaking. This trail is typically ridden as a downhill rather than an out and back. Some probably shuttle it, but using the paved bike path that parallels Utah Route 12 makes for a good loop. I opted for the paved trail on the way back since we camped near the Coyote Hollow trailhead.

view from top of first climb

While it’s mostly down hill from the Coyote Hollow trailhead, there are a few climbs.

ridge line descent on thunder mountain trail, dixie national forest, ut

one of the sweet ridge line descents

This trail is even better than it looks…

more fun single track

The Thunder Mountain single track is only 7.9 miles, but with 1200 feet of climbing just from the Coyote Hollow trailhead to the top of the mountain and much more downhill, it feels like more.

another great view

some of the other worldly scenery

This trail is truly unique as a multi use trail with scenery just like Bryce Canyon but outside the park.

Trail through the hoodoos, thunder mountain trail, dixie national forest

Another fast ridge line trail among the hoodoos

Parts of this trail are really fast and flowing.  This shot was not too far from the end. The trail finishes by dropping into Red Canyon. I think I would normally be ready for more trail, but it was rather hot out and it was nice to stop at the visitor center on the way back and cool myself off at the drinking fountain. This trail gets two thumbs up for lots of berms, good flow and unique scenery.

Photo Review: Southern Utah

rain in sunny pine forest

Raining while the sun shines... there must be a rainbow around here somewhere!

double rainbow in dixie national forest

Not just a rainbow, but a double rainbow! From where we were you could see it fully, but it was hard to photograph the whole thing.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Navajo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon, Navajo Loop Trail

bryce canyon navajo loop trail

Bryce Canyon, Navajo Loop Trail

Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest

Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest

view from the highway overlook between Kanab and Cameron

 

 

Can You Spot the Wildlife?

We’ve been out traveling through remote parts of Nevada and Utah, tent camping every night and seeing some amazing scenery and wildlife.  I’m always amazed how well animals are adapted to blend in with their surroundings.  Here’s a picture I took in Great Basin National Park in Nevada.  I promise there is a mammal in this picture.  Can you spot it?  Can you identify it?  Check the comments for answers.

jack-rabbit in Great Basin National Park

This one should be a lot easier to spot, but maybe still a challenge to identify.  Can you identify this mammal?  This photo was taken in the Dixie National Forest, near Bryce Canyon in Utah.

Pronghorn Antelope in Dixie National Forest