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Route 128 to the East

If we come down from the North on Route 191 and pass the turnoff to Potash Road, our next possible turn is East along the Colorado River Canyon. This winding road is known as Route 128.

Route 128 takes us through Red Canyon, where a long-winding sections of the Colorado River is flanked by high sandstone cliffs on either side. There are frequent turnouts and overlooks for photographers, and several spectacular vistas.

Several curves along the river have had good-sized recreation areas and campgrounds built for visitors. The largest of these is Big Bend, which has particularly high red sandstone walls and sun-illuminated sandstone massifs at any time of day. However, the cliff scenery is dramatic all along a twenty-mile section of the Colorado here—you can stop for a picture almost anywhere.

Red Canyon

Overlook on Route 128.
Aspen Grove at Dewey Bridge. On Route 128 along the Colorado River panorama River bend near Dewey Bridge panorama.
Colorado River and Buttes. High Wall along river. Sundown foliage and buttes. How do you carve a Grand Canyon?
River and Large Formation panorama. River and High Wall. A river runs through it. River near horse farm panorama.
West of Big Bend. Formation at Big Bend. Approaching Big Bend.

Cliffs In Red Canyon from Carl Roessler

High Cliffs Of Big Bend In Red Canyon
from Carl Roessler

Horse Ranch Bend In Red Canyon
from Carl Roessler

River And Long Wall In Red Canyon
from Carl Roessler

September 2011

Castles Above Horse Ranch
Colorado And Towering Bluffs Colorado Below Big Bend Colorado From Bridge
Down River Toward Horse Ranch Colorado Under Cliffs Down River Under High Cliffs Looking Up River Across River
Red River Canyon Colorado River Panorama Red River Cliffs Near Castle Valley Panorama

Several miles along the road we come to a scenic curve with a large horseback-riding ranch. This is also where we find the turnoff up into the Manti-LaSal Mountains. A mile up that Road is the village of Castle Valley, with its enormous sandstone formations. When I was there, the trees were changing their finery and the colors were sensational.

Castle Valley

Castle Valley with foliage. Formations on Castle Valley Raod. Spires at Castle Valley. The Castle above Castle Valley.

Cliffs Above Route 128 from Carl Roessler

Further up the Road is a turnoff to the South. This dirt road crosses the desert for a mile and leads directly to the western end of the Fisher formation. That section is known as the Fisher Towers, a peaceful spot in the latter part of the afternoon.

Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers Fisher Towers formation panorama. Fisher Towers Main Spires. Fisher Towers formation looking North.

Formations Above The River On Route 128 from Carl Roessler

As you see in the galleries, a visit in early October can add the Fall foliage to your subject matter. Since this visit was a week or so late in the season (the snow was arriving during my days there), a date the first or second week in October might be perfect.

Having said that, this entire valley --- is immensely rich in color and drama any time.

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