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Manti-LaSal Mountain Loop

The loop road allows access to the mountain range off Route 128 at the Castle Valley turnoff. On you left as you pass through this small town are a series of enormous sandstone formations, beginning with one known as The Castle.

On the right as you pass the formations lies the bucolic agricultural community of Castle Valley.

As you wind upward into the mountains, deep groves of aspen, birch and fir trees are everywhere, punctuated by broad meadows of gorse. Jutting skyward above these scenes are the sometimes snow-covered peaks of the Manti-LaSal range.

If as I did you go in mid-October, you may run into some unstable weather—but the staggering quantity and color of the foliage makes up for it.

If you follow the entire loop from the North, you will come out on the 191 South of Moab.

  Aspens And Birches In Valley Panoroma.  
Aspens at Dewey Bridge. Aspens at Dewey Bridge, also. Aspens In Roadside Valley. Aspens With Falling Leaves On Road.
Birch Grove On Manti-LaSal. Birch Grove Under Clouds. Car on road with foliage. Castle Valley and Buttes from mountain.
Color in the high meadows. Entrance to campground. Foliage lines the road. Foliage on the mountain.
On the road to the mountains. Rainy day on the mountain. Rainy foggy day in Manti-LaSals. Red shrub in Manti-LaSal.
Snow capped Manti-LaSal. Snow in the forest. View from the snow line. Winter in the mountains.

Aspens And Birches In Fall Colors
from Carl Roessler

September 2011

Manti-LaSals From Arches
Castle Valley From Mountains
Castle, Priest and Nuns
Priest And Nuns
Manti-LaSals From Monitor

View From Manti-LaSal Panorama

Manti-LaSals From Dead Horse
View In Castle Valley

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