A TRIP THROUGH THE PARK
Colorado River Canyon
THE SOUTHEASTERN BOUNDARY of the park for about 11 miles is the Colorado River, from the bridge on which U.S. Highway 163 crosses the river to a point upstream about half a mile below the mouth of Salt Wash. Illuminated night float trips down part of this reach are run during the summer, as noted on p. 16. Partly paved State Highway 128 follows the southeast side of the river for about 30 miles to Dewey Bridge, then goes northward about 15 miles to Cisco, where it connects with Highway I70.
The rocks of the Glen Canyon Group form the southernmost corner of the park, as shown in figure 19. About 2 miles northeast of the bridge, we cross the axis of the Courthouse syncline (fig. 9), which brings the Navajo Sandstone down nearly to river level, as shown in figure 20. The underlying Kayenta Formation is largely hidden by vegetation and alluvial deposits in this view.
About 11 miles above the Moab bridge is the mouth of Salt Wash (fig. 1), as viewed from State Highway 128. (See fig. 21.) Seventeen miles above the bridge (east of area shown in fig. 1), we get an excellent view of the southeast end of the highly faulted Cache Valley anticline, as shown in figure 22. The background shown in the photograph formerly was the easternmost part of the former monument, but when the monument graduated to a park on November 16, 1971, this part of Cache Valley along with most of Dry Mesa was withdrawn from the park and put under the supervision of the Bureau of Land Management, also a part of the Department of the Interior.
As noted on page 16, part of "Run, Cougar, Run" was filmed just upstream from the irrigated field in the fore ground of figure 22, in a wide part of the valley called Professor Valley (fig. 7). This valley and the Richardson Amphitheater on the southeast side of the river were named after a Professor Richardson who settled in the area in the 1880's. The long abandoned townsite of Richardson was 1-1/4 miles due east from the point from which figure 22 was taken.
Last Updated: 8-Jan-2007