Utah Hwy 95, Blanding, Utah USA

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Utah Hwy 95

Utah Hwy 95 is a scenic hwy about 110 miles long from just South of Blanding to Hanksville. There are several unique scenic features and some minor very old Native American habitations with some rock art. Major geologic features include Comb Ridge, While Canyon, Colorado River, and North Wash (canyon).

The first great view is Comb Ridge, a 100 mile linear North-South monocline up to 900 feet high, from NE Arizona to the Abajo Mts in Utah. There are old pueblo cliff dwellings there with their old rock art from the people we used to call the Anasazi. (I never found those dwellings or art cuz you need a specific map or an expert guide to find them.)

From Blanding Westbound, not far you find the Comb Ridge white hard flat sandstone buckled strangely upward, through tectonic forces, to the peak of the monocline, with the West side exposing high red sandstone cliffs leading downward to Comb Wash.

Comb Ridge
So you would drive uphill to the peak and pass through the cut where they long ago blasted away the rock to open Comb Ridge Westbound. Then we drive down a long steep grade to the bottom Wash. There is a rough County Road following the West side of the ridge that could be unpassable by truck now. Also on the South side of Hwy 95 in Comb Wash is a very nice free BLM camp with shade from the cottonwood trees. Most of the time the camp is dry and easy to transverse, but with heavy rain it may not be passable.

I drove a few miles up near the top of the next large hill with a great view back at Comb Ridge and Comb Wash. I got a few pics there that I will share with TBs.  Then trying to drive on, my wheels were spinning and me and Blue were stuck in loose gravel.

Comb Ridge
Since there is so little traffic on Utah 95 I tried something risky. I put Old Blue in "gravity assist" mode in reverse and spinning tires we drifted downhill. I use some Portside rudder and slowly drifted backword onto the highway. (Be carefull where you pull off the road!)

Since it was early in the day and I will have plenty of time to stop and enjoy the views. We entered the BLM section of White Canyon with its free open camping. We made a good stop at the first potential camp. In that last pic you can see the defunked county road go from the top to the bottom of the White Canyon inner gorge.

The second major potential camp was another nice place. The sign and small fenced in area was a monument or grave from some old small battle. The print had faded away and there was nothing to read.

Comb Ridge

It was a pleasant warm day and I took my time to stop and enjoy the day and the sights. I normally get here in the heat of the summer so this was a nice change of pace. I will return her back to the BLM section of White Canyon for my camp later today.

Still early in the day I wanted to see the N Park Service part of White canyon and North Wash. About ten years ago they banned camping in this park (why let us sleep on their unused dirt and rock?); but it remains a good place for day trips. The N Park (Glen Canyon Nat Recreation Area) is a neat place centered on the Colorado river with nice views and stoping places from White Canyon on one side and North Wash on the otherside.

It was not far when I reached the White Canyon bridge then quickly passed from White Canyon to some smaller canyons leading on to the Colorado River.

Comb Ridge
I continued to see the NPS scenic view of this neat place at the dry end of Lake Powell with the confluence of the Colorado and Dirty Devil Rivers.

We crossed the Colorado River and then the Dirty Devil River then drove the long uphill to the National Park Service scenic overlook. The Hite Marina is defunked cuz the large drop in lake water (evaporation) levels makes the marina boat ramp far from what is left of this dring out upstream section of Lake Powell. This large overlook has plenty of walking paths with good views. My favorite view is the Confluence of the Colorado & Dirty Devil Rivers.

Still a little early for camp, we started back to BLM White Canyon to get my choice of the available camps. I generally favor the camps by the White Canyon inner gorge in the juniper trees.

Comb Ridge
Today I picked a camp high up the barren rock with good views in several directions. I had plenty of time to cook a simple dinner and enjoy the views and a nice cool evening. There was very little traffic on Utah hwy 95 then, and no traffic after dark.

The next morning was nice and cool, and the views were good. My propane coffee maker makes good coffee, but cooks slowly. I went to the camp viewpoint for a shoot waiting for my coffee. I got back to Old Blue and started a nice long coffee break. Finally we drove on Westbound for another good day.

I passed through White Canyon and past the Colorado River. I made a good stop at the NPS Scenic View. With the morning sun I made the easy walk on a path to North Wash. The North Wash canyon is hudge here where it flows into the Colorado River.

Comb Ridge
There are easy paths to yesterdays view of Hite and the Colorado River confluence. I took my time enjoying the overlook and Blue was waiting for me.

Not far from the View Area was a dirt road to another good private view of North Wash (day use only). After a while we drove up North Wash leaving the NPS and entry to the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) part of North Wash. There are nice pulloffs for day and night use of the BLM. Be carefull where you pull off the road cuz many nice spots need four wheel drive to get back to the highway.

After leaving North Wash is a nice drive through the scrub desert. The Henry Mountains can be seen here (and before in White Canyon.) Finally I reach Hanksville and the end of Utah Hwy 95.

I entered a old pic (1985) from the Scenic View before the North end of the Lake dried. Hite Marina had a very busy business with a boat ramp (and boat rentals) that reached Lake Powell for some years before the North end of the Lake dried. Since the boat ramp is far from the intermittant Lake Powell, the Park Service had to close Hite Marina.

walterman9999 says:
Thanks Sandra,
I love camping in the desert and mountains.
Posted on: Nov 14, 2017
odiseya says:
Nice story!
Posted on: Nov 13, 2017
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Utah Hwy 95
Utah Hwy 95
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge (hwy cut)
Comb Ridge (hwy cut)
Comb Ridge, downhill
Comb Ridge, downhill
Comb Ridge, downhill
Comb Ridge, downhill
Comb Ridge, downhill
Comb Ridge, downhill
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
BLM free camp
Comb Ridge in distance
Comb Ridge in distance
Comb Ridge in distance
Comb Ridge in distance
Comb Ridge in distance
Comb Ridge in distance
Old Blue is stuck in gravel
Old Blue is stuck in gravel
BLM, White Canyon
BLM, White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon
White Canyon potential camp
White Canyon potential camp
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
Cheezebox Butte (smaller in center)
Cheezebox Butte (smaller in center)
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
Fry Canyon (facility long abandond…
Fry Canyon (facility long abandon…
first potential camp
first potential camp
first potential camp
first potential camp
first potential camp
first potential camp
first potential camp
first potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
second potential camp
Cruising White Canyon
Cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
cruising White Canyon
Park Service entry
Park Service entry
White Canyon bridge
White Canyon bridge
White Canyon Bridge
White Canyon Bridge
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
goofing off
goofing off
road to Hite Marina (NPS-defunked)
road to Hite Marina (NPS-defunked)
Colorado River bridge
Colorado River bridge
Colorado River bridge
Colorado River bridge
Colorado River bridge
Colorado River bridge
Colorado River
Colorado River
Colorado River
Colorado River
cruising hwy 95
cruising hwy 95
Dirty Devil bridge
Dirty Devil bridge
Dirty devil River
Dirty devil River
Dirty Devil River
Dirty Devil River
cruising up hwy 95
cruising up hwy 95
cruising up hwy 95
cruising up hwy 95
a peek at Lake Powell
a peek at Lake Powell
road to scenic overlook views
road to scenic overlook views
Hite Marina overlook
Hite Marina overlook
Confluence (Colorado & Dirty Devil…
Confluence (Colorado & Dirty Devi…
Colorado River & bridge view
Colorado River & bridge view
1986 pic from Scenic View with a f…
1986 pic from Scenic View with a …
old guy
old guy
parking and North Wash (hidden on …
parking and North Wash (hidden on…
cruising back to camp
cruising back to camp
Dirty Devil River
Dirty Devil River
Colorado River bridge
Colorado River bridge
cruising back
cruising back
White Canyon Bridge
White Canyon Bridge
small butte
small butte
view of Colorado River area
view of Colorado River area
BLM, camp viewpoint
BLM, camp viewpoint
Old Blue at camp (from camp viewpo…
Old Blue at camp (from camp viewp…
White Canyon view
White Canyon view
White Canyon view
White Canyon view
nice afternoon
nice afternoon
goofing off
goofing off
wine from Holy Cross Abbey
wine from Holy Cross Abbey
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
evening view of White Canyon
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
morning view
camp
camp
morning coffee break
morning coffee break
cruising Westbound
cruising Westbound
uphill by Lake Powell
uphill by Lake Powell
cruising uphill (to view area)
cruising uphill (to view area)
Scenic View, North Wash trail
Scenic View, North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
North Wash trail
Old Blue with a view
Old Blue with a view
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
dirt ride to North Wash rim
Old Blue with a view
Old Blue with a view
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North WAsh
cruising up North WAsh
end Park Service, enter BLM
end Park Service, enter BLM
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
Cruising up North Wash
Cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
cruising up North Wash
top of North Wash
top of North Wash
Henry Mts
Henry Mts
Henry Mts
Henry Mts
scrub desert
scrub desert
Hanksville
Hanksville
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