Strange Utah Moonscape on a Mountain Saddle

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This is a primitive flat spot located on a desert mountain saddle along a ridge outside of Capitol Reef National Park, and it's a lovely place to spend the night. It is very remote and provides amazing views to the east and west. The strange black volcanic rocks contrast beautifully against the white sandstone floor, creating a unique and stunning landscape.

Accessing this location requires a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle and a technical road that will make you work for it. While there is some cell service available, the ground is slightly uneven, which may require vehicle leveling. This spot is perfect for stargazing and satellite connectivity, as the view of the sky is great.

Privacy should be very good, but there is no shelter or protection from the elements, which could get windy up on the ridge. We recommend this spot for those seeking a scenic, remote, otherworldly experience in the southern Utah backcountry.

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Status – OPEN

We’ve been here in-person, but it might have been a while. To our knowledge, this spot is currently open and accessible, but that can easily change, so always have a back-up plan!

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