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Blue Castle Canyon


Blue Castle Canyon is a small area of the Book Cliffs about six miles (9 km) north of Green River, Utah. The terrain bordering the west end of the canyon is visible from US 6, but it gives no hint at the nature of the canyon landscape behind it. (The canyon itself is hidden from highway views.) During trips to and from Moab the landscape called to me so I had to explore it.

The first step was to study the area at home using Google Earth. That led me to get a closer view in 2006---I walked part-way up the access road and was awe-struck by the scenery. Two years later to the day after that road walk I drove most of the way up the road and hiked three miles up the sinuous wash in the canyon. The day started out hazy but the haze dissipated as the day wore on. All but the first two images are from that hike.

Photos are in chronological order; newest uploads are at the BOTTOM.
The canyon is at the center of this Wikimapia aerial view
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Follow the orange-red road (to Blue Castle Canyon)
Follow the orange-red road (to Blue Castle Canyon)
Battleship Butte and Blue Castle Butte
Battleship Butte and Blue Castle Butte
Start of the hike
Start of the hike
Blue Castle
Blue Castle
The Cove
The Cove
Not exactly verdant
Not exactly verdant
Lower slope of Blue Castle
Lower slope of Blue Castle
Twin summits of Blue Castle
Twin summits of Blue Castle
Panorama of The Cove
Panorama of The Cove
Topography near the Green River
Topography near the Green River
Summit tower was made of mud
Summit tower was "made of mud"
Spire of Blue Castle
Spire of Blue Castle