When A White Christmas Won’t…(I Will, or Part 3)

Along Highway 12, Tropic, Utah.

Along Highway 12, Tropic, Utah.

So it was Christmas day across southeast Utah. Snowing. A dry, powdery snow, so the roads were mostly clear. Pretty easy traveling.

I was using the opportunity to revisit some of the places there I’d not been to in several years. From Bryce Canyon, down to Tropic (wistfully named, it seemed, in the winter weather).

Across the headwaters of the Paria River, so far above its mouth at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River in northern Arizona.

Upper Paria River, Tropic, Utah.

Upper Paria River, Tropic, Utah.

Over to Escalante, a canyon/mountain town I’ve been wanting to get to know much better (maybe this is the year!).

West approach to Escalante, Utah.

West approach to Escalante, Utah.

Up and over to Boulder Town and the dazzling Circle Cliffs, at the head of the Burr Trail road.

At Boulder Town, Utah and the Circle Cliffs.

Near Boulder Town, Utah and the Circle Cliffs.

Up across the much more wintery shoulder of the Aquarius Plateau, looking down on the Waterpocket Fold. And a whole lot more country all around.

Tourists along Highway 12, Aquarius Plateau, Utah.

Tourists along Highway 12, Aquarius Plateau, Utah.

Then down to Capitol Reef, so named by the pioneers because it was a formidable, though awesome, barrier of jagged cliffs.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

This region is rife with interesting names. The scenery isn’t bad, either.

All content © 2014-2015 Stephen J. Krieg.

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