Blanding to Hanksville, Utah 95
Blanding to Hanksville, Utah 95 Reviews
White Canyon, North Wash, with a river between Aug 09, 2015
Well, 75 years ago we had a rough dirt road with a ferry or raft crossing the Colorado river making a rough but a through road from Blanding to Hanksville.
In 1985 when I first arrived on Utah 95, we had a paved road with three bridges (one over a beautiful lake) connecting the towns. They had damned up the Colorado River (a major environmental desaster) just a few miles south of the Arizona line making it Lake Powell; an insult to the cival war hero Wesley Powell, with one arm that was first to row wood boats the Green river in Wyoming, to the confluence of the Colorado River (now in Canyonlands NP in Utah), through now the Grand Canyon (in Arizona), and on to what is now Lake Meade in Nevada.
East of the river or lake is the beautiful White Canyon with a 100 foot inner gorge and very tall orange cliffs bordering the canyon. West of the river or lake is the beautiful North Wash with very tall reddish cliffs. All were wonderful places for free camping.
The US Park service has Glen Canyon Nat. Rec. Area owns the Lake and had Hite Marina. About the first ten miles into lower White Canyon and lower North Wash including the best of the free camping but they left us alone in this wilderness.
Now the Park Service said they would put up toll booths on the Hwy. 95 and closed all their camping. The lake has long dried up on that shallow end leaving mud flats with the Colorado River and they closed Hite Marina.
This is still a beautiful place to visit. I have visited and camped here since 1985. There is some really good BLM land in White Canyon to camp.
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