In The Desert
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An interactive map of the area around Lost Spring and Hillsdale, Utah. You can zoom in and out and move the map to different locations.
Although this whole trip is actually in Arizona, it is more accessible from southwestern Utah. From St. George or Hurricane, Utah take Rt. 59 east to Colorado City at the Arizona, Utah border then head south. Follow the GPS track supplied here. There are also a few other places shown on the topo track that are interesting and the scenery is outstanding.
Garmin GPS topo track HERE
Linda is starting the hike down into the canyon to find the spring. At first this seems to be an easy run, although it is a little narrow. Be careful here, it's our recommendation that you walk this first.
The photo above shows the canyon that hides the Lost Spring. This view is looking North. You can also enter the canyon via a wash that runs along the Colorado City Airport. Which way is easier, we don't know, but the way shown on the topo is easy till you get to the canyon. The photo to the left shows how rugged and rocky the canyon is.
The upper part of the road doesn't look too be to bad till you get a closer look. We didn't drive this because of the time of year when we found the spring and also because we were here by ourselves. The drop-off to the left is not where you want to end up.
Looking back up the road will give you a better idea of what to expect. I think we could have made it down and back up. It is slippery though and very narrow with quite a few rocky outcrops. Local 4 wheelers have told us that they go down this road occasionally when the weather is not too bad.
Here's another view of a section of the road climbing out of the canyon. This section didn't look as bad.
We made it to the bottom of the canyon and it's very overgrown which leads us to believe that the spring flows year round. Hiking into the upper end of the canyon where the springs originates would be really hard to do as it's overgrown, with no passages. Look at the section in the right side of this photo.
There is even a little stream running out of the head of the canyon, seen here. This stream had quite a bit of water running in it at this time of the year, winter.
On the way down the road into the canyon you'll find a lot of neat rock formations like this one to the right. There is evidence of farming in the area (fences, gates) but we didn't find any evidence of native Americans in this area. We probably should have fought the briars to get close to the head of the spring.
Some of the rock formations had a lot of the red sandstone colorations where the rocks were weathered.
If you look at the topo track included here you'll see a track that goes on farther south to the edge of the mesa that your traveling on. Be careful if you continue on this route past the tracks. We were told there are a couple of places that are very hard to get through. Could be the challenge your looking for though.
Have fun -----
The Lost Spring is in the bottom left corner of the map, mouse over it.