We traveled north from Green River, Utah on 191 and drove around the
western shore of
Flaming Gorge Reservoir and stopped overnight in Green River,
Wyoming. While there we
stopped to examine one of the frequently used pioneer crossings on the
Green and then followed
the upper reaches of the Green River up to its source lake. From
there we drove on 191 on
to Jackson Hole.
These are call the Book Cliffs just north of Green River, Utah.
If someone knows the name
of the geologic form in the lower part of this picture, please email me
We passed a few small ranches with an amazing view of large dominating
cliffs like this.
From time to time we would see something that seemed unbelievable like
this rainbow hillside.
As we approached Flaming Gorge, this was one of our first views which
shows the bridge the
crosses near the dam. At this point the name Flaming Gorge didn't
seem to mean much to us.
But as we headed west across the southern rim of the Gorge and stopped
at an overlook we understood
Here is another shot showing the colorful cliffs with lake beyond.
We were advised by a Park Ranger to head west and just before going
north to turn onto a dirt
road that would take us through an interesting area geologically.
It was. We loved this twisted
mountain and wondered as we passed, what amazing contortions took place
to form it. The uplift
is almost vertical!
A bit further along we got low down in a canyon and suddenly this tower
And then we saw this little Mule deer grazing along the roadside.
After spending the night in Green River, Wyoming, we stopped to see an
old pioneer crossing on
the Green River itself. This is real prairie. This next
image gives you an idea of what the pioneers
crossed with their wagons. It looks kind of rough.
The used large features of the landscape to find their way across a
rather unremarkable landscape.
This was a famous feature called Monument Butte.
Below is the place many pioneers crossed. This territory was
crossed by pioneers going to Utah,
and some were going much further, such as those going to
Here is where many crossed. In Spring it was quite dangerous and
some were swept downstream
to their deaths, but most crossed here in late summer and found it
Here is a reconstructed ferry like those that were sometimes
used. To get a whole wagon train
across it sometimes took a whole day or day or longer.
There were illustrations near the river that showed people crossing on
a ferry and some crossing
by pulling their own things across without a ferry. Many Mormons
crossed this way.
Not using a ferry like many Mormons who headed south from here into
We headed for the upper reaches of the Green River by finding a dirt
road recommended in one of our
Driving in Utah books. It was 20 or more miles on a very bumpy
road, but well worth the effort to see the
source of the Green.
Here is a view part way up of an island and the upper valley of
the Green River..
This is a better part of the dirt road. We began to see snow
covered mountains ahead.
Another view of the Green River Valley.
The further we drove up the Valley, the more snow we saw, even down by
the river. We began
to realize that a great deal of the River comes from snow melt in
spring. This was early June.
When we reached the source of the Green River, we found this beautiful
little lake surrounded by
these snowcapped mountains. It started to get stormy so we didn't
stay very long.
But we did get a shot of a couple of moose. Here is one.
As we headed back down the dirt road we saw the Wind River Range of
Mountains in the distance.
We drove northwest on 191/189 toward Jackson and saw more of the Wind
River Range and
the gorgeous ranch county in the nearby valleys.
We think this was a snow storm falling on the mountains.
Here is our first view of the Mountain Range that contains the Grand
The famous Snake River flows down along Route 191. Here is a view
of it as we headed toward
Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Anyone know why the river appears slanted
like it might slip across the road? Weird!
The next set of photos will be scenes around Jackson Hole and the Grand