2013 Western Road Trip Day 6, June 4

This morning we left Craig, CO toward Pocatello, ID in brilliant sun and blue sky heading to the Flaming Gorge reservoir. On the way we passed through Vernal, UT where we were greeted by this pink dinosaur.

Vernal, UT mascot

Vernal, UT mascot

The road to the Flaming Gorge winds up the mountain through about nine 180 degree switchback turns. During this leg of the trip we spotted cow elk and antelope . We were surprised when  a baby brown bear darted across the road in front of us. Unfortunately, it happened so quickly no one got a photo.

The Flaming Gorge was created when the Green River was dammed. It has some of the most beautiful scenery of the state. It’s deep canyon walls are varied in shades of red and browns.

Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge

All along the edge of the gorge there are deep crevasses, some of which are 100 feet deep, where the gorge will one day reclaim the ground.

Warning Sign

Warning Sign

Crevasse

Crevasse

Leaving the visitors center for the picnic grounds, we spotted these prong horn mountain goats.

Prong Horn Goat

Prong Horn Goat

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Our Picnic

Our Picnic

Leaving Flaming Gorge we head for Pocatello, ID where we plan to spend the night. Unfortunately we once again fall short of our goal and will spend the night at Montpelier, ID.

Babs Says: Another name for cute Antelope playing in the field…Desert Carp!

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