Jun 05 2007

Castle Valley or The Drive to Where We Camped Way the Hell Up There

Published by at 6:32 am under daily,photos

Click any of the photos for a bigger version. It’s worth it.

They call it “Castle Valley” because the round, lone mountain in the middle has rock formations on top that makes it look like a castle on a hill. You’d think that mountain would be named Castle Mountain, but no, it’s named Round Mountain. However, before we knew it’s name, as we were driving and driving and wondering where in the world our campsite was (we still had 40 minutes to go with lots of STEEP windy roads up the mountains), we dubbed it Lonely Mountain, because it was all alone in the middle of the valley.

Lonely Mountain, as one drives through the valley.

round mountain, UT

Even closer:

round mountain, UT

The valley wall also held this nifty rock formation:

red rocks in UT

We finally left the valley floor and began climbing the mountains. We were driving my sisters old Nissan Sentra, and boy, it had to work VERY hard.

Just barely climbing, lonely/round mountain on the left:

castle valley, UT

And then up a bit more…

castle valley, UT

And then we were winding around through the mountains so much, there wasn’t really a vantage point for any more photos.

This is up the road even further from our campsite:

castle valley, UT

You can just barely see lonely mountain peeping up there behind a slope in the middle.

It took a long time to climb the La Sal mountains to get to our campsite. And we drove back down them again every day to go to Arches or go into Moab, so we saw this valley a lot.

And it took my breath away every time.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Castle Valley or The Drive to Where We Camped Way the Hell Up There”

  1. annaon 05 Jun 2007 at 10:50 am

    It looks stunning.

  2. Chrison 05 Jun 2007 at 1:49 pm

    You know, it’s pictures like that that make you realize just how enormous and different our country is.

  3. sallyon 07 Jun 2007 at 3:22 am

    how do you know i’m looking at your blog and the fab pictures? I have just one thing to say—mine eyes have seen the glory