|The Burr Desert|
|Henry Mountains behind Blue Knoll|
|Blue Knoll Closeup of Etched Lines.|
Mile mark 121.8, welcome to the town of Hanksville; amenities are three restaurants, three gas/convenience stores, motels, the information center is also the town office/medical center; and a BLM office. There are other places there, but I've listed the basics that most tourists look for. Hollow Mountain is the general store and is built inside a sandstone hill; besides goods, there are loads of tourist related items, restrooms; and it's run by really friendly folks. Blondie's is under new management, and not open the day we passed through; I am hoping that they will still serve the same quality food and milk shakes they have become known for.
North Cainesville Reef and San Rafael Reef
Temple Mountain in the San Rafael Swell.
Since we're now on State Road 24, it's time to reset the odometer to zero and get the mile markings up to Interstate 70. We didn't stop until mile mark 6.3, but don't be surprised to see a hoodoo here and there along the4 way. What are hoodoos? Sandstone formations that look like, well small, medium to large formations of unusual shapes...pillars, mushrooms, and whatever else your mind can imagine. The largest site of hoodoos is Goblin Valley State Park, but that's in Emery County, and we are getting close.
Mile Mark 6.3
At nine miles is the border into Emery County, you can see Molly's Castle which is in Carmel Canyon, and the overlook is at Goblin Valley State Park. Temple Mountain is even more prominent standing over San Rafael Swell.
The road to Goblin Valley State Park, Little Wild Horse Canyon (slot canyon), and the Temple Mountain road is located at mile mark 19.7. As you drive SR24 all the way to Interstate 70 (mile mark 43.5), you will parallel the San Rafael Swell.
Wow, this was one heck of a trip; a picnic at Hog Springs Canyon; multiple, too many to count stops for photographs; gas up at Hanksville and chatting with the staff at Hollow Mountain; we made it back home in eight hours. Too tired to stop in Moab for dinner, all we wanted to do was get home and go to sleep! I have to agree with my husband, Roy, though; this was definitely a most awesome day trip!!!