Buckhorn Wash

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Tununk ShaleTununk Shale (09/18/2002) This example of Tununk Shale is on the Buckhorn Wash road about 4 miles east of Utah State Route 10. This turn off is about 2 miles north of Castledale, Utah. It is marked San Rafel Swell Road with a large warning that the road is impassible when wet. The

Morrison FormationMorrison Formation (09/18/2002) About mile 9 we passed this example of the Morrison Formation.

San Rafel SwellSan Rafel Swell (09/18/2002) About mile 10 we had a view of the San Rafel Swell.

Wedge OverlookWedge Overlook (09/18/2002) About mile 13 we turned at the sign to the Wedge Overlook, drove a little over 6 miles and took several pictures. As well as a good view, there are several attractive campsites. There San Rafel River is down there somewhere.

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) The beginning of Buckhorn Wash

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) We took the road to Buckhorn Wash

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Navajo Sandstone as we enter Buckhorn Wash

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Beginnings of Buckhorn Wash

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Outcrop

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) This road could be difficult if it rains.

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Sanstone rock near the top of Buckhorn wash.

Navajo HillsNavajo Hills (09/18/2002) The upper canyon has some interesting hills of Navajo Sandstone.

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Good view of Navajo Sandstone

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Navajo Sandstone near the top of the canyon at 6:45 P.M.

Buckhorn WasnBuckhorn Wasn (09/18/2002) Evening light on a nearby cliff

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) A good contrast between light sandstone above and more colorful formations below.

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Canyon walls are becoming more pronounced as we go deeper down.

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) About here we crossed a puddled that spashed an interesting pattern of mud drops on our car from front to back.

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) A couple days ago there was a significant rain but the road is now almost entirely dry.

Buckhorn WashBuckhorn Wash (09/18/2002) Shadow on a steep wall.

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Buckhorn Wash

Buckhorn Wash is in the San Rafael Swell in central Utah. The drive through the Swell begins on a small dirt road on Highway 10, just north of Castledale, Utah. The upper portion of the road crosses the high desert plains. The road crosses through the Mancos Shale. Although the area is dry most the year, the road is completely impassable when wet.

The Buckhorn Wash breaks through the Navajo Sandstone and works its way down through towering Sandstone cliffs as you make your way to the San Rafael River. Signs along the drive tell you the names of the different sandstone layers. There are several panels of pictographs and petroglyphs along the road, making the road a delight for sight seers, geologists and anthropologists.

Sea Eagle 330 -- The Go Anywhere Kayak For 2

Context: Desert

Interstate 70 (51 pictures) The Buckhorn Wash road continues on after crossing the San Rafael Bridge to I70.

San Rafael Swell (18 pictures) Buckhorn Wash cuts into the center of the San Rafael Swell, providing access to the San Raphael River and Mexican Mountain.

The Wedge Overlook (23 pictures) The road to the Wedge Overlook branches off the Buckhorn Wash road about a mile before you head into the canyon. The Wedge Overlook provides and excellent view of the San Rafael canyon.


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