Belly of the Dragon

(Mt Carmel Jct UT)
The trail for Belly of the Dragon began with a bit of a rock climb down before entering a tunnel that goes under the highway. It was originally dug to provide water drainage; but, no longer served that purpose.

Belly of the Dragon – Tunnel Entrance

Over the years, the water has carved the walls in such a way that it does give the feeling you could be inside the gut of a dragon. Unfortunately, the walls have been defaced by people carving their names into the soft rock.

Inside the Tunnel
In the Dragon Belly
Trail in the Wash

The trail continued when it emerged on the other side, and went up a wash until it reached a tall dryfall. A narrow, steep path wound up and around to the top of the fall, and then the trail continued a few miles further to a slot canyon (so I was told).

Dryfall on Trail
Tunnel from Other Side

I only went as far as the fall. So, it was a short, one mile round-trip hike that was nearby my campsite. An easy choice for some pleasant exercise.

Camp: BLM-Twin Hollows Canyon boondock
Scene: Trail, tunnel

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4 Responses to Belly of the Dragon

  1. Steven Crisp June 7, 2022 at 11:24 am #

    Wow, that looks like a really cool tunnel; and, an apropos name!
    Thanks for sharing Pleinguy.

    • Pleinguy June 7, 2022 at 11:33 am #

      Yeah. It was pretty nifty. Thanks for commenting.

  2. OFM June 7, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

    That is a new one on me. I never even heard of it before. Thanks for the information. Looks like you are having lots of fun.

    • Pleinguy June 7, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

      It was new for me too. I’m having a great time!

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