Sunday morning Joe and I were up early. Morning is our favorite time of day...nothing quite like watching the sunrise, the feel of the cool morning air, that first sip of coffee and a few doggie kisses to get the day started!
We weren't sure what the plans for the day would be, then we heard it...the La Sal Mountains were calling us!
|Scenic Byway 128|
After about 4 miles we passed the Priest and Nuns and Castle Rock on our left. These famous landmarks have been in many western movies.
|Priest and Nuns|
Castle Valley is a very small community of farms...population 319.
|Castle Valley Road|
We continued on for 7 or so miles and made a right turn on La Sal Mountain Loop Road.
|La Sal Mountain Loop Road|
There were several pull-outs to stop and enjoy spectacular views of Castle Valley.
As we entered the Manti-La Sal National Forest, the plants and trees began to change as we gained elevation.
The Pinyon pines and Junipers trees...
...gave way to oaks...
...and then, those beautiful aspens among tall pines.
The most common wild iris is the blue flag. This wild iris is native to deciduous woodlands and has thick, blade like foliage. Also, it reseeds itself if left undisturbed.
It was 3 miles filled with absolute beauty! As Pam would say...the "green stuff" was thick and very green with wildflowers scattered throughout.
We drove right through a colony of aspens.
So many wonderful shades of green!
A stream led the way...as we wound our way up and around the switchbacks.
At the end of the road is Oowah Lake. This is one of two popular lakes with primitive camping sites off the Loop Road. Oowah Lake elevation is 8,800 feet. Its a small lake...only 4 acres. If you look closely, you will see people fishing on the right shoreline.
The loop drive is a approximately 60 miles. Our guide said to plan on 3 hours. It took us a wee bit longer( 4 hours)...we really took our time and enjoyed every minute!
The La Sal Mountain range rises above and southeast of Moab. The range is part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest and the southern Rocky Mountains.
The maximum elevation is at Mt. Peale which reaches 12,721 feet. It is Utah's second highest mountain range.
We think this is a must-do ride for anyone visiting the Moab area.
It is such a contrast to the beautiful red rocks and desert around Arches NP and the Moab area.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing our Sunday drive!
I can't believe it is already Wednesday...my how time flies! Hope you are having a great week.
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