San Rafael Swell Area (BLM), Utah

We arrived at Goblin Valley State Park in the late afternoon and after claiming a spot to set up camp on the adjacent BLM San Rafael Swell Area, we decided to look for a place to hike. Only about a mile down the dirt road we found such a place near a few abandoned buildings which had been constructed during a uranium exploration. After looking at the ruins we walked towards Temple Mountain, climbing through small canyons and hiking through the washes. We discovered a few neat eroded rocks but what was most impressive – other than the consistent backdrop of Temple Mountain – was the view into the larger canyon and the fractured plateau beyond.

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Abandoned uranium mine buildings, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Abandoned uranium mine buildings, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Cottonwood Tree in front of Temple Mountain, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Cottonwood Tree in front of Temple Mountain, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Temple Mountain with canyon in forefront, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Temple Mountain with canyon in forefront, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Canyon, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Canyon, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Tom and Abby surveying the canyon, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Tom and Abby surveying the canyon, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Canyon, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

Canyon, San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

San Rafael Swell BLM Area, Utah

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