In The Desert
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Lund to Modena, Utah
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Understand we're not horse people, they are just hay burners to us. Okay a little more than that maybe. But this animal is the most beautiful animal we've ever seen in the wild. And he was wild. Right after going through Lund and heading toward the mountains shown above in the background near the first foothills -- he came running out from behind a hill and ran across the road 1/4 mile in front of us. We sped up to get a photo of him. He took off headed toward the valley, which we expected. He kept stopping and looking at us, see the video.
He then ran back across the road toward the hills again. So we sped up and tried to get closer for a good photo. No such luck, he took off running back across the road the same direction he originally ran, toward the valley. I then got this terrible video. He did this 3 times as though he was enjoying the race to see who could get across the road first. He was fast, and beautiful. A long tail and mane and the color, I think he would be called a roan. If that's not correct, please let us know.
Mountain Spring Road through the first part of the trip is a nicely graded road. This is Mountain Spring Peak which rises to 6020 ft. and has a lot of interesting rocks and mineralization. Mountain Spring also looked like a great place to see later. The spring is to the north of this peak.
It's a wonder we made it this far. We had a hard time tearing ourselves away from the wild mustang. But we knew if we were going to make it over the pass and down to Modena at a decent time we'd have to keep moving. This trip from Lund to Modena was 62.2 miles and it's 50 miles back to Cedar City from Modena. And that doesn't include the 25 miles it took to get to Lund! On this whole trip we only saw one other vehicle, so getting in trouble out here isn't a good idea, I know we're nuts. This sign to Bible Springs was a target?
The white sign above is a $10,000 reward for photos of cattle rustlers! Grab my camera! This was the road up near the mine and we decided not to try to get into the mine, that road was a lot worse, we'll do that at a later date. This was about as bad as it got till we got to the other side of the pass.
Some of the signs looked brand new. We were headed to the Arrowhead Mine, Arrowhead Pass and Hamblin Valley Rd.
Right at the pass you'll get several great views of Hamblin Valley in the distance. The "road to nowhere" shown here is the road we need to get to, Hamblin Valley Road. Just below this was a 2 ft. deep patch of snow on a steep section of road. We made it, but weren't thinking about the cameras at the time.
Once out on Hamblin Valley Road, if you follow the GPS track, you'll get to the turn off for Stateline, Utah And just past that you'll get to Nelson Canyon, always worth a stop to see this amazing rock wall with all the neat holes.
We've been by the cemetery before when we were headed to Stateline, but never stopped. There are people who like graveyards. This one had some of the most modern head stones I've ever seen. Like this one to the right.
There were also a few very old markers, like this one. This is called the Modena Cemetery on the maps.
You are right if you are thinking this was a quick trip. A lot of our first time trips like this into a new area are quick. Just to get the lay of the land, feel for the roads, wildlife and anything else we might run into. It's also to give you a place to consider. This should be near the top of your list if you're anywhere near this area.
GPS track shown in Yellow
This was a quick 6 hour trip over 62.2 miles of off road roads. We now have quite a few places to go back to that we passed up. We had no idea if the pass was open or not, and we're sure that the week before it was probably closed, due to snow. The Mountain Spring Area looks to be a great place to explore, with a lot of unusual rock formations and maybe more wild mustangs. We'll have to go back. There were a few places up near the pass and even on the far side that need exploring.