Saturday, June 23, 2012
The Green River in Canyonlands
I have visited the Moab area numerous times over the past 20 years, but never taken the Mineral Road, north of Canyonlands, down to the Green River. Since it was very hot out, a trip in the air-conditioned car seemed like a good idea.
The road goes down some steep switchbacks that were washed out a few years ago, but are now back in business.
The road then goes along the Green River, and enters Canyonlands National Park, where it becomes the west side of the White Rim Road.
We stopped for sunflower pictures -
And photos of Prince's Plume, this yellow flower along the riverbanks. Can you see how the Green River got its name?
Then we stopped for lunch at this old corral. So far the road has not been too bad.
It got a little scarier as it got closer to the river, but still not too bad.
This is a campsite along the river - has to be the prettiest one I've ever seen.
After passing the second campsite, the road got very sandy and started going uphill. Since we were by ourselves, we started looking for a place to turn around, and finally found this wide spot in the road.
The view from our turn-around spot, looking back towards the river.
The WINs were staying for a week at the Gold Bar group site on the Colorado River outside of Moab. We only stayed 2 nights in the area, then got out of town. The temperatures were over 100.