(nr Fairview to nr Castle Dale UT)
The Manti-La Sal National Forest is in my old stomping grounds from when I lived in Utah many years ago. It’s a beautiful area, up in the mountains, which always reminded me of that TV program ‘Wild America’.
It was just after Labor Day weekend, the last hurrah of the summer camping season; and school had already started. I knew there were good boondocking and forest campgrounds throughout the area, and I took advantage.
Camps included an aspen grove at over 8,800 ft, lakeside in a high valley, and by a cascading creek in a narrow canyon with towering cliffs. Each different and enjoyable.
Along the way were mountains with rocky cliffs, lakes of cool waters, tumbling creeks, meadows with wildflowers, starlit skies, and the sound of breezes in the trees. Pretty close to what I might call paradise.
Places like Gooseberry, Miller Flat, Huntington Creek, Straight Canyon, and Joe’s Valley provided plenty of variety in landscape; and, all satisfied my artistic eye. Once again, there were periods of rain.
Even driving between camps provided marvelous mountain scenery. Looking for pull outs to stop and take photos was a constant. A short jaunt onto gravel Skyline Drive, at about 9,500 ft elevation, followed the ridge with views of the valley below.
A week of camping and exploring the area brought back fond memories. The whole time was spent boondocking, with each camp having a different ambiance. I’m glad I took the time to slow down and enjoy the high country.
Camps: Manti-La Sal NF – Boondock
Scene: Mountains, cliffs, lakes, creeks, meadows