San Rafael Swell - The Western Slope and Mesa Butte

hatchcanyon

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Seems to me that many people do not like the country south of I 70 and west of the San Rafael Swell. Is there something to see? Yes indeed, one can find some interesting spots. Let me promote the area with some pictures. The whole long story: Western Slopes (in German) I will portion the report into several postings. This is the first one.

Near exit 99 and south of it - Mesa Butte. Dull grey to black with some pale brown rocks on top. Lets take a closer look.


Where pavement ends


Blue Flat


Mesa Butte


Even an arch is there


Simply rocks


The brown stuff is coming down from the top layer


What a scenery! Completely different from Red Rock Country.


More brown on black


Green is sparse - but have a closer look!

You can find quite a few plants....


Some kind of parsley (?)


A plant we can't identify


Paintbrush


Mahonia(?)


Primrose


Southern part of Mesa Butte


Impressive!

Our next goal will be Lone Tree Wedge - a Wedge with views.

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Vegan.Hiker

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I agree. The brown on black looks very cool. Almost like earth rocks on the moon.
 

Artemus

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Very, very nice Hatch. Good to see another human from across the pond like @Michael enjoys and is ultra knowledgeable about the less-traveled portions of our state.
 
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