In The Desert
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Summer get-away, Utah
As we get in into summer in the desert it gets too hot to venture out in many parts that we'd normally go to. But there are other alternatives. Head for the high ground! Cooler mountains surround many of the deserts in the southwest. This is especially true of the high desert. Here's just one of a great number of areas that are close to the hot desert where you can spend the day, have a picnic, go fishing, or just sightseeing. One such place is Yankee Meadows with its many miles of surrounding roads. Some of these roads should not be traveled after bad storms in the area without a good 4-wheel drive.
Yankee Meadows, Reservoir
On the way up Rt. 143 east of Parowan you'll have to make a left hand turn up 1st. Left Hand Canyon Road to get to Vermillion Castle, Robinson Reservoir and Yankee Meadows Reservoir. Several miles after leaving Rt. 143 you'll be in the Vermillion Castle area (Vermillion Castle photo to the right). This is a very scenic area with hiking trails and great vistas of rock formations.
Red and white sandstone formations are all around and above you on this road.
Hoodoos, buttes and other interesting rock formations abound in this area. Don't forget your camera.
This will be your first view of the Yankee Meadows Reservoir. At times is full and at other times is very low. This year (2012) it is very low because of a lack of rain and snow this winter. Fishing here is good, although most fish caught here are stocked fish.
Beautiful little reservoir in the mountains that is still accessible by vehicle. Fishing conditions are unknown at this time but It does look promising. This reservoir is located on the Wikimapia map on the second page here.
You'll find this locked gate labeled as a waypoint on the GPS track. We were hoping to go to two other reservoirs in the area but access has been denied.
The road into Yankee Meadows for the most part is semi-paved and otherwise nicely graded gravel, accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicles. Other roads, like the one to Robinson could at times be extremely muddy and hard to navigate without a 4x4. Travel at your own risk.
We fished here in the early part of June and caught 9 fish, all of which were under 1 pound and were stocked fish. There are some natives left here, but they are harder to catch.
Trolling from a boat here is allowed and is a great way to catch fish. These two guys caught a few really nice sized fish while we fished from the shore.
For more info/map on Fishing Hot Spots visit Utah's Division of Wildlife Resource
On the way out we took a less traveled road to get back to Parowan and the Interstate. Read more on Page 2.
Page 2 a different way out!