Trip Reports: Roaming Around Southeast Utah - October/November 2018

In late October and early November we spent a dozen days camping and backpacking around in the deserts and canyonlands of southern Utah, including the San Rafael Swell, Robbers Roost/Dirty Devil area, and Cedar Mesa. Though the days were short and the nights cold, it's always worthwhile to spend time in these wonderful, wild, and lonely places.

North Fork Coal Wash, San Rafael Swell, Utah, photo

Sunlight in the San Rafael Swell just north of I-70.

San Rafael Swell, Utah, hiking, photo

Hiking near Muddy Creek - San Rafael Swell, Utah.

Chimney Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah, photo

Morning in a remote canyon system in the heart of the San Rafael Swell.

Chimney Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah, photo

A gnarled cottonwood shows off its autumn colors in late October.

Chimney Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah, stars, tent, photo

Sleeping in a remote canyon, on a remote planet, in a remote galaxy.

Chimney Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah, photo

Glowing canyon cottonwood.

Dirty Devil River, Robbers Roost Country, Utah, photo

A brilliant crimson sunset over the Dirty Devil River, Utah.

Robbers Roost Country, Utah, hiking, slot canyon, photo

Hiking in a slot canyon.

Robbers Roost Country, Utah, slot canyon, photo

Purple slot.

Robbers Roost Country, Utah, hiking, slot canyon, photo

Canyon temple.

Robbers Roost Country, Utah, slot canyon, photo

Psychedelic hiker.

Robbers Roost Country, Utah, bighorn sheep, photo

A bighorn sheep surveys the view in red rock country.

Dirty Devil River, Robbers Roost Country, Utah, panorama, photo

Sunset over the Dirty Devil River, Utah.

Henry Mountains, Robbers Roost Country, Santhrax Slickrock, Utah, photo

The Henry Mountains rise over a sea of sandstone.

Bears Ears National Monument, Cedar Mesa, Slickhorn Canyon, pictographs, photo

Ancestral Puebloan pictographs in a Cedar Mesa canyon.

Bears Ears National Monument, Cedar Mesa, Slickhorn Canyon, kiva, ruin, photo

Sunlight beams through the entrance of a remarkably preserved ancient kiva in Cedar Mesa.

Bears Ears National Monument, Cedar Mesa, photo

A never ending sunset on Cedar Mesa, Utah.

Posted in Canyons & Deserts and tagged Utah.