In The Desert
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Little Parowan Gap
Utah, Alluvial Fan
This area has a lot to offer, not only old Native American history, petroglyphs and artifacts but also with geology in the desert. Here's a brief look at the Little Parowan Gap. On the map below you'll see the area in the lower left quadrant has an outlined section that is an Alluvial Fan.
Driving in from the main road to the south you'll clearly see the alluvial fan and the road up onto the flat area on top. This is an easy drive and unless it's rained a lot you'll be good in a 2 wheel drive vehicle. The only pain is the cattle gate into this area. It's always full of tumbleweed and is a real chore to remove it enough to open the gate.
Not quite sure what this was. It was made to collect rain water and deposit it -- where? No tanks in site and no pipes either.
Here are a few of the rock formations that were in the canyon. There was only a very small dry wash/stream bed in the canyon and you'd have to wonder how all that sediment and fill came through here and created the fairly large alluvial fan out in front of the Little Parowan Gap in the mountain ridge here.
We only hiked a short distance up the Canyon looking at different rock formations and a few flowers we found along the way.
There were only a few flowers to be found here in this area. Compared to last year, the bloom this year was almost non-existent. Here is a nice little Yucca of some kind growing out of the rock.
On the way out we saw quite a few small caves. You could just barely crawl into them. Looking back out toward the Canyon opening you'll see our Cruiser sitting on the alluvial fan just past the water collection unit.
If you're the least bit curious about what an alluvial fan is, then go to this brief page for more information. You've probably seen a few of them traveling in the desert and didn't know what they were or how they were created.