In The Desert
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Yankee Meadows 2
2nd. Left Hand Canyon Road
Few people are aware of the back way out from Yankee Meadows. This road also goes to Rt. 143 between Panguitch and Cedar Breaks. We took a turn off heading back to Parowan on the rocky, steep and very narrow road - 2nd. Left Hand Canyon Road. This road is passable by 2- wheel drive in good weather. At times there are rock slides on this road that make it impassable. There are not too many places to pass someone coming the opposite direction.
On the upper part of the road near Yankee Meadows Reservoir the road has a few open areas like this one with nice open meadows. A lot of deer here, so keep an eye open for them.
You'll cross a lot of little mountain streams on the way down out of the mountains on this road. A lot of this area is very overgrown with smaller trees, like the Douglas Firs shown here. Also a lot Aspens in this area. Very cool, temperate climate here makes this a nice place to go on a hot day in the desert.
Right below the rock slide shown above is a very distinctive rock formation next to the road. You can see how narrow the road is in places.
Part of a very narrow stretch of road where there had been rock slides in the past. This section is so narrow that we had a hard time passing some ATV's coming up the mountain. These rocks were almost 3 ft. in diameter and could block the road. This area is also very scenic. See below.
On the upper side of the road there are many really pretty formations in the red sandstone. This area is prone to storms that build in the mountains and can make your photographs really look nice.
Just a few minutes after taking the above photos a rain storm moved into the mountains.
Linda wanted to play in Center Creek. At the lower elevations Center Creek gets a little bigger. There are native trout in these streams. Just before you get to the main road (Rt. 143) you'll have to drive though Center Creek. Crossing the creek is not a problem unless you get there just after, or during, a big storm.
This makes for a really nice round trip with some nice scenery along the way. There are numerous other roads here in the mountains that you could explore.
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Even down near Rt. 143 you'll find pretty outcroppings of red sandstone up in the mountains on both sides of the road.
As you get down near the main road, which is Rt. 143, the road widens and is pretty smooth. Just below this there are a few homes built along the road.
Wikimapia Map, Utah