In The Desert
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Lost Spring 2
Topography Map of this trip, track shown in "red".
This is a view of Lost Spring from a high ridge in the desert just adjacent to and south of the spring. The roads into the spring are well graded and a 2 wheel drive will get you there.There are a lot of other roads in this area to explore. The green grasses are from the spring.
Garmin GPS topo track HERE
There are valves that control water flow from the tank. There is also a watering trough that in the past was probably used for cattle by the ranchers.
Your first close-up view of the water tank at the spring. The tank is about 5 ft. deep and the water is exceptionally clear. If you find a board floating in the tank, please leave it there. The small birds use this to get a drink and without it they will drown in the tank.
Just below the big tank there is a smaller tank that is now dry. Also, notice how green the open meadow is below the tank. This is surely getting water from the spring above.
On the other side of the road, if you take a walk to the northeast from the tank, you will find the original spring location. It has been dug out and piped down to the tank. This is a pretty common practice for springs like this.
If you walk down into the above cut in the ground, where the original spring is located, you'll find a pipe, (pictured here), that is probably part of the plumbing going to the water tank.
You may not be the only visitors at Lost Spring Tank. A bunch of ATV'ers showed up and some even went swimming in the tank!
This area is full of wildflowers and shrubs in the spring of the year. To see more of the wildflowers found out here please see THIS PAGE. Look for the Prince's Plume at the page linked above.
We found this Collared Lizard on a rock near the spring. As always stay alert as you never know what you might find in the desert. Few people realize how many animals are roaming around out here.
This video will give you a good idea of what the trip into the Lost Spring is like and what to expect. The roads are nicely maintained.
If you have a high speed Internet connection you can view this video in full screen
After leaving Lost Spring and if you're following the topo track included here you'll get down near the Escalante Valley. This shows one of the many roads to nowhere to be found along the way. This road travels toward Minersville.
Down near the Escalante Valley you might be lucky enough to see one of many Pronghorn Antelopes in the vast open areas just below the foothills. This one was photographed almost a 1/2 mile away. It was actually hard to find him with the naked eye.
This entire area is covered with off road adventures. Just to give you an idea of what we mean, see page 2 (link below) for a side trip to the north. These roads haven't been used in a long time and in places are hard to find. We just revisited this area at night, track is 27.5 miles in length. Wildlife is abundant!