It was the middle of the week before I had a chance to check the weather and head south to the San Rafael Swell for the day, knowing it was at least going to be warmer than where I live in Utah Valley.
I took the San Rafael Swell access road near Castle Dale Utah which heads east, past Cedar Mountain, and into Buckhorn Draw.
Once out of the draw and across the San Rafael River, I continued south for about five miles to the Old Oilfield Road heading back to the southwest. This is a long and rather boring dirt road until it finally enters a major dry drainage near some cliffs and outcrops of sandstone. This is also where the road turns into a jeep trail that I know to be treacherous… at least for my 4X4 Dodge pickup truck. If I wanted to go further, I would need to come back with my ATV.
This was the area that I wanted to fly my drone but after a few flights, I really didn’t find anything really interesting. Oh well. I got a chance to lay on a sandstone slab in the warm sun for an hour or so. Quite delightful!
On the way back, I spent some time at the Buckhorn Draw pictograph site.
I wish we really understood the significance of this ancient art.