CR 131 (dirt road) is just a hop-skip-jump from the "Y" intersection of the Overlook roads; make a quick right and you're on it. The first site on the road, well besides the awesome landscapes, is Eight Mile Rock; a "cow camp" where families would live while taking care of the local rancher's cattle. It was much easier to live there, then to travel back and forth from a home in Moab, La Sal or Monticello. By the way, there will be three different roads around that area; one goes around the back of Eight Mile Rock and eventually gets back to CR 131, CR 131 itself (neither have signs), and the last has a little sign bar that says "36 - Easiest"...do NOT follow this road unless you want to see the oil storage facility at the end of it. Yes, I'm speaking from experience here.
|Eight Mile Rock|
Following the long, winding, dirt road of CR 131 leaves Rockland Ranch behind you, but another surprise is just around every sandstone hill.
While it could be a cove of semi-caves large enough to build a small home within; it could very well be abandoned homes that were built within the sandstone hill itself, similar to Eight Mile Rock. An old fashioned propane gas
stove sits in one of the "homes" with mattresses designating it as the sleeping area; the other holds a couch. Most likely these interiors were first blasted out with dynamite before the walls could be hand carved to smoothness.
|Sea of Sage|
|Looking Glass Arch|
Enjoy your journey through the middle of the desert.