In The Desert
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The first large bluffs you come to leaving Enoch heading north on Rt. 130 on the east side of the road is where you want to turn east. See the topo track. This road is open to public traffic and is a nice graded gravel road. The first part of this trip is accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicles. This photo of the road was taken on one of the higher hills to the south.
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This trip could also be called the back way into Parowan Gap. The road follows Rt. 130 but behind the cliffs that run into the Gap. The reason for this trip was Wikimapia and a distinct formation we found on the satellite view of the area. It looked like a big crater with red rock around the opening. There are other areas not to distant from here that are known to bear nice agate and we were hoping this was another one.
You'll be able to see this volcanic hill from quite a ways off. This was probably a cinder cone.
This is actually a borrow pit for public use with a lot of red volcanic stone available. This was a let down to some degree, but worth seeing just the same. Once you look at the satellite view you'll see why we wanted to see this ourselves!
Interactive map by Wikimapia
Just past the red volcano we were lucky enough to see a Golden Eagle take off with his lunch. He was headed to the cliffs with a Raven chasing him. It looked like what was left of a rabbit. He was quite a ways off by the time we got out to take this photo.
A little farther up the road we came to two more old extinct volcanos. The holes were man made.
This pit didn't have a sign like the other one we came to the area to see. The white in the back of the undercut area is bird scat. Apparently a large bird has made this a favorite roosting place.
Continuing north along the road you'll parallel the cliffs to the west. Directly ahead is the Parowan Gap, not visible in the distance.
This road will turn east and you'll have a good view of the Red Hills area which is covered with Junipers and pine trees. There are a lot of other roads in this area.
One of the many roads in the area. The main road we came in on can be seen coming down off of the hill to the left. The road pictured here is headed directly toward the Parowan Gap.
I wouldn't think this was a usual sight in this area, but none the less we ran into this Pronghorn Antelope near the mountains here. She was traveling by herself.
May is a great time to view wildflowers in this area of Utah. On the next page you'll find a few examples of flowers we saw and also some really neat rock formations you can find in the Parowan Gap.
Page 2 - Flowers, Rock Formations!