Viewpoints and Walks on I-70 in Utah

West of Green River, Interstate 70 enters the San Rafael Swell, an upwelling or anticline that has faulted and been worn down through erosion. What remains is a fantastic collection of a mesas, buttes, petrified sand dunes, and canyons, much of it carved from Navajo Sandstone and dotted with juniper and sage. Other than the highway very few roads access the remote area and the ones that do are dirt. Looking at this wilderness from any angle boggles the mind with the untouched vast wilderness seeming to stretch beyond the horizon.

I had never been on the stretch of I-70 west of Green River and so Tom graciously drove in service of my need for taking pictures. He also agreed to stop at all the westbound overlooks which wasn’t a real hardship since it gave us the opportunity to walk around and climb on some of the formations. Ya know, after we hopped some fences. Abby was enthusiastic about the familiar mix of sandstone and juniper-sage environment after months of deciduous trees and humidity too, and had some good rabbit chases (don’t worry, no rabbits are harmed – she never catches any). It was probably the best way I could think of to break up the drive back to southwest Utah. Of course, now that I’ve seen it from the highway I’m already scheming on when to do a return trip…. But anyway, it’s a phenomenal place and too amazing not to share.

Looking at the San Rafael Reef from I-70 in Eastern Utah

Looking at the San Rafael Reef from I-70 in Eastern Utah

The San Rafael Reef – The Silent City, Utah

The San Rafael Reef – The Silent City, Utah

Tom and Abby, San Rafael Reef Viewpoint, Utah

Tom and Abby, San Rafael Reef Viewpoint, Utah

Black Dragon Canyon, Utah

Black Dragon Canyon, Utah

I-70, Utah

I-70, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Eagle Canyon Viewpoint, Utah

Eagle Canyon Viewpoint, Utah

Me and The Abbadog, Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Me and The Abbadog, Ghost Rocks Viewpoint, Utah

Eagle Canyon Viewpoint, Utah

Eagle Canyon Viewpoint, Utah

Salt Wash view area, Utah

Salt Wash view area, Utah

Salt Wash view area, Utah

Salt Wash view area, Utah

I-70, Utah

I-70, Utah

Castle Valley from I-70, Utah

Castle Valley from I-70, Utah