Sunday after church meetings, my wife Nancy and I decided to take a drive to see what Spring looked like this year in the high Utah valleys.

We drove up through Heber Valley and then northeast through Francis and Woodland.

Heber Barn & Truck

We then continued east on State Highway 35 over Wolf Creek Pass. Spring came late to Utah this year and the pass was mostly melting snow fields.

Wolf Creek Pass Snow Melt

As we dropped down into the North Duchesne River drainage, we turned north along the river. Here I could make out several natural arches in the high Castle Cliffs on the east side of the canyon.

Castle Cliffs Arches

With no roads coming in from the top, the only way to get a better look at these arches would be to just climb from the road.

Castle Cliffs

From the road, it was easy to find Stone Face, also on the east side of the road and canyon.

Stone Face From Road

Stone Face

Further up the canyon were several campgrounds before the road ended. One was a private campground called Defa’s.

Defa's Campground

North Duchesne River Cabin

The North Duchesne River was still running high and muddy at near flood levels.

North Duchesne River

We finally turned around and headed back to the highway where we continued southeast through Hanna. I was sad to see that the old Hanna Post Office had been decommissioned.

Old Hanna Post Office

Further down the road we found the Tabiona Utah community. By then the wind was roaring.

Tabiona Post Office

Tabiona Store

Tabiona LDS Chapel

We then took the Golden Stairs Canyon highway which is a cutoff road that quickly took us to Fruitland Utah with a return trip to Heber Valley and home in Utah Valley.

That was a nice drive to take on a Sunday afternoon.