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Book Cliffs and San Rafael Swell Part 2
The last day of our recon out of Green River, UT we took some easy Roads in to the north side of I-70. A little west of town we turned north on Hwy 6 (exit 158) about 17miles to the Green River Cut-off Road. Shortly after staring west we saw several RVs in a boondock location.

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The road was easy, wide and dusty. The surface gave warning that rain could be a problem. The RVs were careful to not be to far from the highway.

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The Cut-Off crosses a broad plain and is not a canyon drive. From this road turned on the Buckhorn Wash road route which is especially scenic, with canyon walls rising many hundreds of feet above.

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We entered the Buckhorn Wash road and looked for the dinosaur track that was supposed to be close. Sharp eyed women found it on a slight rise below the canyon wall just off the road.

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The illusive track of a long departed critter.

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Buckhorn Wash rock art includes pictographs and petroglyphs made by prehistoric cultures. Pictographs are painted onto the rock, as opposed to petroglyphs, which are pecked into the rock

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Great sandstone guardians look down on Buckhorn.

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Road surface in the Buckhorn is very good. Eco-car friendly. Looking back to the north.

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On the way south near the end of the canyon.

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The swinging bridge over the San Rafael River was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and was the only bridge over the river until the early 1990s. Though you can no longer drive on it, it is perfectly safe to walk on

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The wood for the bridge came from the Monti La Sal Mountains. There is a campgound for tents and RVs near the bridge.

We drove out to I-70 on the Cottonwood Wash road, which is a wide-open rolling high desert, with low rocky bluffs studded with distant towering buttes. This road is well maintained and is generally a safe road to drive.

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The next morning we started for home from Green River and rain into a fierce rainstorm with very high winds. At a hilltop rest stop near Crescent Junction, I stopped for this scene. The wind was so high I had to brace again the wall of a picnic shelter. I was almost blown off my feet getting back to the vehicle. The Green river Cut-Off would be treacherous in this storm.

I would like to come back next year to run some of the back roads. May is a good month.


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thanks for the great pix and info on the roads.


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Thanks for sharing...your information and pictures were great!

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Thanks for posting photos of Part 2, I enjoyed it as much as Part 1.

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Thank you for another great post.
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Clattertruck wrote:

ReneeG wrote:

Beautiful, just beautiful. What a peaceful area. BTW - since this is Part 2, where is Part 1?


Part one http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25430322.cfm


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Beautiful, just beautiful. What a peaceful area. BTW - since this is Part 2, where is Part 1?

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ReneeG wrote:

Beautiful, just beautiful. What a peaceful area. BTW - since this is Part 2, where is Part 1?


Part one http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25430322.cfm

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Yes thanks for sharing pictures of 1 of my favorite little used places with the 100,000 or more members plus visitors on RVNet.
Truthfully if more people got out and used places like this maybe the government would not be so quick to post Wilderness Study Area signs and close roads.


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More lovely pictures - thanks for posting. I also liked the dinosaur footprint and petroglyphs. Amazing how things like that can survive for so long in the open.

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