Utah's Outback !

There's nothing like experiencing Utah's Outback.

Back in the early 1970s, my father took me fishing to a small reservoir
located in this range of snow-capped mountains.

Didn't know it at the time, but these are called the "Sheeprocks."

I know. You're wondering about the sheep. Strange. I've never seen a
Bighorn sheep in these mountains, but that's where the name originates.

These peaks are a welcome sight, seen rising above the Great Basin desert's outback about 9 miles SW of Vernon, Utah. If you blink, you might miss Vernon!

Through the years, I've seen the snow remain on these peaks into July.

Sagebrush covers the base of the canyons leading up to these peaks, so
please watch out for Rocky Mountain ticks. They're nasty little buggers,
and will cling to your clothing (and skin) through the summer months.

To the south, a single dirt road crosses the Sheeprocks at Lookout Pass.

Before beginning the long crossing of the Great Salt Lake Desert, Pony Express Riders had to first ascend Lookout Pass after leaving Faust in Rush Valley. A stone marker commemorates the station that existed one mile west off the pass’s summit. The next station was Simpson Springs, approximately 16 miles to the southwest, deep into Utah's Outback.

May 21, 2010


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