Our starting point is at the junction of State Highway 95 and SJC 258; Fry Canyon Lodge is privately owned and not open to the public. Makes certain, before leaving Blanding, to have a full tank of gas, water and food; there is nothing available between Blanding and Hanksville.
Even though you can see it from the highway, Fry Point is finally reached at 1.2 miles; to us, it resembles a railway engine; sort of like the one in the opening credits for the PBS "Poirot Mysteries" series. Then again, it could be a battleship sailing full steam ahead!
"The Needle" is a desert tower at 3 miles; looking at it from up above, there is a dirt road circling around it. Hundreds of years from now, will someone look at it and say, "What mystical place was this?" There is a dirt trail leading out to it, but only about halfway; hiking will get you there the rest of the way.
At 4.9 miles, the road begins its trek upwards; it is graded all the way through, but being a dirt road, don't expect perfect smoothness. At certain curves, it will have a switchback to allow other vehicles to pass by; the views are stunning the higher upwards you drive.
|Center, far distance, Jacob's Chair.|
|Yes, the road winds around the hills.|
Moss Back Butte
Just as you come up around a corner at 6 miles, you come to an amazing sight...a set of fins, a little arch, and a huge boulder flanking both sides of the road.
|Looking upwards at the nearby landscape.|
Just past this dynamic trio was a rock formation that looks like a snapping turtle, with a shark fin nearby.
Not every formation in Utah has a name; but having a good imagination allows you to name it yourself.
Almost done with this post as we near mile mark 7; a grotto of multi-colored adobe and sandstone hills. Melting snow was flowing down and created a small stream; a drainage pipe allowed it to flow underneath the road and cascade out into a small canyon on the opposite side.
|View from the seven mile point.|
Water drains down into this small canyon like area.
...and this ends part one, the first seven miles. With this photo, around the next corner, begins part two.