In The Desert
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Hurricane Mesa, Utah
This is an inter-active Maps.google Street Map. You can zoom in / out and change the format to Satellite; drag the map to scroll. Try it! Shown here is Virgin, Utah and Hurricane Mesa.
The above Google map is a Street map with Mesa Rd. This road winds up onto Hurricane Mesa. Now change it to Satellite view and you'll see how the Runway on the mesa top is laid out.
Very scenic overlooks in the desert. Also called Monkey Mesa -- the military use to test ejection seats on top of the mesa. They strapped Chimps into a rocket sled and sent them down a track and ejected them -- they ended up in the town of Virgin in a crazy state of mind; and had to be captured. They still use the base but not for tests of that sort anymore.The road that winds up along the mesa to the top is an experience in itself. Not far from St. George, Utah.
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This is a view from 2/3 of the way up onto the mesa. You can see the town of Virgin in the lower right. If you look up on the mesa from here you'll see the water tower and trailer at the end of the test track.
Here are two Indian paintings to be found on the second leg of the journey. Once you're on top of the first mesa you'll see the fenced area for the base. Continue on the road and climb up to the second level of the mesa. On the steep climb up to the second level right next to the road are these pictographs.
These are all dirt and gravel roads once your on the mesa. After you get to the second level it's pretty flat and you're in cattle ranch county. They're out in the roads -- so keep and eye on them. This is a very pretty area.
In the back ground here you can see the Westen section of Zion National Park. In fact when you wind your way back to the paved road you'll be in the Western boundry of the Park. No fee required here. In the higher elevations North of here you can sometimes see snow on the mountain tops. One of the really nice trips you can take out of Hurricane or St. George, Utah.
No matter where you look the scenery is great. To the east and southest is Zion and the mountains are very picturesque. There is also a lot of horses on the mesa and deer. Linda and friends on the mesa.
This is a great little side trip you could take on your way up to Kolob Rservoir or side trip to Virgin, Utah and Zion. Either way it gives you a great overlook of the areas here. Not necessary to have a 4 wheel drive for this as long as the weather is nice.