Sheep Creek

(nr Manila UT)
A trip up Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Loop Road was a delight. It wasn’t the creek that held my attention; rather, the towering cliffs, on both sides, was what astounded me. They were impressive!

Stream with trees and cliff

Sheep Creek

Many cliffs were so tall they wouldn’t fit in the camera frame. And, finding a pull-out to get the shot was a challenge. Often, I simply pulled to the side and hoped for the best.

Rough cliff with cloudy sky

Craggy Cliff

Horizontal banded cliff

Layered Cliff

Each formation had a geological name, like Park City, Weber, Moenkopi, and so forth. Supposedly, to a geologist, they meant something. But, it was the textures, colors, and shear mass that thrilled me.

Tall slender rock

Pillar Rock

Many colors of rock

Multi-color Rocks

There was an empty small campground at the base of the Navajo Cliffs which tempted me. But, it was still too early in the day. So, I went in search of a boondock camp elsewhere in the forest.

Rough rock at a slant

Leaning Rocks

I found the short drive up the canyon breathtaking; to say the least. And thankfully, there was a break in the rain to get some photos. So glad I took that scenic byway.

Site: Ashley NF – Sheep Creek Canyon
Scene: Creek, cliffs, rocks

7 Responses to Sheep Creek

  1. Dizzy-Dick September 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    That is such a beautiful place. I bet you could stay there for ever.

    • Pleinguy September 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

      One can wish; but, the forest service says 16 days is the limit. 🙂

  2. Felicity Deverell September 8, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    A beautiful place to paint. Did you do some painting out there?

    • Pleinguy September 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Didn’t get to paint there as it started raining again. Thanks for commenting.

  3. J. RICHARD SECOR September 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Nice photos – looks like a quiet place to spend some time.

    • Pleinguy September 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Yes, it would be a wonderful place to hang around.


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