In The Desert
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Red Hills North
Parowan Gap, Utah
Parowan Gap Road is the jumping off point for this trip. Just east of the Gap where the petroglyphs are located is a dirt road that circles the Red Hills and comes out near the middle of the Little Salt Lake. There are dozens of other roads available to the off-roader in this area. This is a brief look at the area. Please use and follow the GPS track included here.
Download the Garmin GPS track HERE
On a later trip through this same area we ran into this same sheep herder in Jack Rabbit Wash working his sheep herd. What a neat way to live! Also a neat way to travel! Jack Rabbit wash is adjacent to the location of his camp in the photos above.
As you can see in the upper photo and the one to the left, one of the first things we saw was this sheep herder's camp. This is a pretty isolated region. He did have a small generator and small trailer for his living quarters. Part of this area was temporarily fenced off to keep the sheep safe at night.
A short video for those who have never seen a sheep herder at work. This video can be seen full screen. If your connection is too slow then pause the video till it fully loads before viewing. This is still the Old West.
An interesting find. This is Mormon, or Indian Tea. It was first used by the Indians who showed this to the early Mormon explorers. The Indians used it for medicinal purposes. It has no caffeine content. This bush is probably as big as it gets, and was found next to the upper reaches of the Jack Rabbit wash.
A view of the middle section of the Little Salt Lake. This photo was taken from on top of a narrow ridge. It was a side track from the main road encircling the Red Hills. There are many roads you can explore in these mountains. You can almost see the town of Parowan against the base of the mountains.
Looking back from the Little Salt Lake towards the Red Hills. You can see where the road cuts through the mountains. This whole trip could be done in a 2 wheel drive if it is not muddy after a rain.
Look at the map below, you'll see some of the roads that are available for exploration. Also to the north of the mountain in the above photo there are numerous off-road roads to be found.
Have fun ------
Interactive Satellite view of the area. Parowan Gap is located