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.