The canyonlands of southeastern Utah are well known for all manner of bizarre
erosional features. Depending on which layers of sandstone are exposed in any
particular area you may have goblins, arches, hoodoos, needles, gargoyles,
towers, and more. Northeast of Moab, Utah, you will find massive Fisher Towers
in the Colorado River valley.
(Right: A tight profile of the towers
from nearly 1,500 feet below. Below, right: a more level profile of Fisher Towers.)
Northeast of the town of Moab, the Colorado River carves a sheer redwall
canyon which twists and turns for nearly 25 miles. There are numerous beaches,
sand bars, and camping areas along the way, making the canyon a popular recreational
area. It is however very warm in the summer.
Utah's Scenic Byway 128 follows this canyon. Further north, near Onion Creek,
the canyon opens into a broad valley with a ranch resort near the river and the
snow covered La Sal mountains towering to the south. North of here, a short dirt
road leads to the Fisher Towers Recreation Site which features an out-of-the-way
three unit campground and a short but rather exciting trail to a scenic
overlook of the towers. (Photo Left: The Titan, Right: On the trail.)
The short trail featured slickrock, a narrow canyon, and some pretty challenging
steep areas. We turned back early because the tremendous wind gusts on this day were enough to
knock a hiker off balance, and there were dropoffs adjacent to the trail.
This would be an excellent off the beaten place to explore when the weather is good!
Note in the photo at right the many goblins and gargoyles that are be found in the area.