San Rafael Swell, Utah
Time for another Syncro trip with the Syncro Brothers--
plus friend Stephen from Boulder with a 4x4 pop-up camper.
First, a stop at Exit 2, I-70 Colorado, Rabbit Valley,
where Bob and I have had some great camping and biking--
we call it the "mouse campsite"....
(scroll down midway)
But on the N side of I-70 is Trail Through Time, a
dinosaur excavation area. I had to check it out, since
I have two (soon 3) grandsons who will want to visit it.
Here's the display board and one of the sites where they
excavate in the summer. After the winter, it just looks
like a "borrow pit."
Stephen and I were headed west separately, and Bob was
coming in later. Stephen and I met exactly on-time in
front of Ray's in Green River for a great burger, then
headed up to the beginning of the Green River Cutoff.
When we woke up in the morning, Bob was in the middle.
We headed west on the Green River Cutoff--an old road
that connects Green River and Castle Dale area without
having to swing N through Price. It was also the route
of the Spanish Trail 'twixt Santa Fe and southern
California, and an initial route when the Denver & Rio
Grande Railroad was going to built to the west coast in
1882 or so. After grading (weak term!) many miles,
"management" decided to go for Salt Lake City and it
was abandoned and the RR headed to Price from Green River.
For more, see,
Think about getting from Santa Fe to southern California!
Where do you avoid the Grand Canyon area? Where do you
avoid the Apaches? Where do you cross the Colorado and
Green Rivers? You'll come to the same route they did!
In the middle of the Green River Cutoff, you reach a flatter
area, dominated by Cedar Mesa on the north.
Swinging off the Cutoff road back to the NE, you come
to the west end of the RR grade.
After a little bit, you realize it really does look like an
old RR grade.
Then even more: