The title of this post could almost be that of a Western novel. Continuing West on Route 211, you are constantly being awed by what lies around the next bend. Whether it is opening up to a vast vista, or a parking area where you can hike out onto the range; make sure to stop. Get out of the vehicle and listen; it is quiet, so quiet that you feel like you're the only person left on the planet. Even the moon peeks out to keep her eyes on this alien landscape.
|Bridger Jack Mesa and the Six Shooters|
Coming around one bend, you suddenly see before you Bridger Jack Mesa and the Six Shooters.
|Bridger Jack Mesa - traveling West view|
The story of Bridger Jack is that he was a Paiute (also spelled Piute) Indian medicine man who attempted to cure William Posey's (1923's "Last Indian War") sick child; the boy died and Bridger Jack was killed for his failure.
|Bridger Jack Mesa - traveling East view|
There are ruins and petroglyphs indicating the area was used mostly by the Anasazi; later on it was used by the Archaic (basket weavers), Ute and Navajo.
|The Six Shooters|
|North Six Shooter|
|South Six Shooter|
After passing by these stone giants, you're almost to Canyonlands National Park where The Needles are located. Consider this your second appetizer, or the soup and salad course of the adventure down Route 211.