It was too hot in most of central and southern Utah for hiking but I needed to do something. I checked my list of places I wanted to visit again and choose the Hidden Splendor area of the San Rafael Swell. I was hoping that it would not be windy so I could fly my drone there.

It is a long drive to get into this area which is at the far southern end of the San Rafael Swell but inside the reef instead of along the outside edge.

About the time I was pulling into the area, I got hit by a sudden and rather intense rainstorm. When this happens, it is usually best to stop on high ground and wait. That keeps you from sliding off slippery roads or getting caught at the bottom of a gulley. Even after the rain stops, I prefer to wait a while for the water to soak into the ground. In these summer temperatures, that usually doesn’t take long.

Once at Hidden Splendor (old uranium mines) I parked next to the dirt airstrip. There was a little wind but I was able to get in a few flights with my drone.

Yep, everything looks different from up there.

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It was a long drive to get out of that area but I did enjoy being there for at least a while.

On the way back, I did spot one small herd of wild horses.