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Blue Castle Canyon


Blue Castle Canyon is a small area of the Book Cliffs about six miles (10 km) north of Green River, Utah. It drains eastward into the Green River. The canyon is completely hidden from the major roads (I-70 and US 6) and cannot be seen from the city of Green River.

During trips to Moab in 2004, 2005, and early 2006 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 October 2006---I walked part-way up the access road and was awe-struck by the scenery. More study with Google Earth followed.

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
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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
Barren topography
Barren topography
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
On the eastern slope of Blue Castle
On the eastern slope of Blue Castle
Panorama of The Cove
Panorama of The Cove
Blue Castle Canyon (my goal)
Blue Castle Canyon (my goal)
Gunnison Butte, near the Green River
Gunnison Butte, near the Green River
The Green River
The Green River
Draining to the Green River
Draining to the Green River
View of streambed from summit block
View of streambed from summit block
Bright yellow at Blue Castle
Bright yellow at Blue Castle
Summit tower was made of mud
Summit tower was "made of mud"
Spire of Blue Castle
Spire of Blue Castle
Tracks at Blue Castle
Tracks at Blue Castle
Blue Castle, beautified
Blue Castle, beautified
Vegetation on Blue Castle
Vegetation on Blue Castle
Hoof print
Hoof print
Wash and Blue Castle Butte
Wash and Blue Castle Butte
Buttress above Blue Castle Canyon
Buttress above Blue Castle Canyon
Dessication
Dessication
More dessication
More dessication
White rock... 20081018_3151
White rock... 20081018_3151
Wash wall... 20081018_3165
Wash wall... 20081018_3165
Tributary funnel... 20081018_3180
Tributary funnel... 20081018_3180
Blue Castle wash and cliff... 20081018_3187
Blue Castle wash and cliff... 20081018_3187
Pillar... 20081018_3190
Pillar... 20081018_3190
Hoodoos... 20081018_3193
Hoodoos... 20081018_3193
Downstream view of Blue Castle wash...20081018_3196
Downstream view of Blue Castle wash...20081018_3196
The wash was not always flat... 20081018_3201
The wash was not always flat... 20081018_3201
Yogurt on the rocks... 20081018_3210
Yogurt on the rocks... 20081018_3210
Blue Castle Butte... 20081018_3219
Blue Castle Butte... 20081018_3219
Geology detail... 20081018_3222
Geology detail... 20081018_3222
Cliff shadow... 20081018_3229
Cliff shadow... 20081018_3229
Erosion loosens boulder... 20081018_3232
Erosion loosens boulder... 20081018_3232