In Southern Utah, cottonwood trees continue to display their brilliant colors.
In the high country near Zion National Park, you can escape the sweltering heat below at Kolob Terrace. Monsoonal moisture is now starting to enter Southern Utah yielding more relief and some refreshing greenery. That’s where I went yesterday. Eighty degrees is much more bearable than 105 degrees.
The heavy snow last week turned rural Southern Utah into a winter wonderland.
That drought that caused brush fires in California that I highlighted earlier this week, is now a recent memory. California gets rain in the winter and the hills get green, but this winter , they are green green. These hills are east of Paso Robles, on the way to the San Joaquin Valley.
State Route 12 is another scenic highway in Southern Utah. It is listed as one of Utah’s Scenic Byways. It starts near Capitol Reef National Park, ascends the Dixie National Forest to an elevation nearing 10,000 feet, and ends near Bryce Canyon National Park. Here’s just a few images I took when I traveled Highway 12 a few weeks ago.
Highway 24 is a fascinating stretch of remoteness and anomalies. I’ve never been to Mars but images of its landscape are remindful of the sandstone quirks along Highway 24.
You have to drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle up Lavender Canyon which makes the trip fun. You’ll encounter sand, water and numerous BLM cattle gates. Adjacent to Canyonlands National Park, the landscape is classic Canyonlands along with some funky clouds.