Jeff walking up from the edge of Devil’s Canyon in Utah.

Ken’s Lake Campground in Moab, Utah May 22 – June 1, 2024 (Part One)

Wednesday morning, May 22, 2024 we left the beautiful and luxurious Walmart parking lot in Richfield and drove 186 miles to Ken’s Lake Campground a few miles south of Moab, Utah.

Devil’s Canyon

Along the way we stopped at Devil’s Canyon off of Interstate 70 in the area known as the San Rafael Swell to take some photos. Devil’s Canyon cuts through the Carmel Formation. It is made of limestone and sandstone deposited in a sea that has been gone for 180 million years. The long and steep slopes are formed from Navajo sandstone and are prevalent throughout the Colorado Plateau. These form spectacular views throughout Colorado and Utah, as you can see from some of the photos in the album.

Cindy was afraid I would fall off the edge taking photos but my being here to write this proves she was worried for no reason.

The San Rafael Swell was formed when forces below ground pushed up layers of rock in the earth’s crust. Erosion has formed canyons, pinnacles, and peaks that are seen here at this location and as you drive farther east. The layers of color are like a rainbow with a rough and ragged flat top where every ribbon of color is revealed.

As with most of the photos I post, I try to make them look as they did when we saw them. But they are still no substitute for seeing these beautiful formations with your own eyes as you stand in their presence.

Ken’s Lake Campground

We’re at Ken’s Lake Campground for 10 nights of dry camping. Our fresh water tank is full, plus we have multiple containers of fresh drinking water. All three of our propane tanks are filled and batteries, both onboard and those for personal computing devices are all charged. We are nestled in the shadows of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains to our east and the canyon walls of Canyonland National Park to our west. Moab is about 8 miles away to the north.

We got set up and then took Bella for a walk down by the lake. What should have been a relaxing time for her was marred by us being charged on two separate occasions by two different dogs who were unleashed…one of them twice because the owner was just that dumb that she didn’t learn the first time. The rules for the park are that dogs must be leashed but, like a lot of places we go, no one follows the rule because no one enforces the rule.

So I think I’ve come up with a good use for the bear spray we never had to use in Alaska.

After those two little sorties we returned to Nomad for dinner and an early night to bed. We have an early-morning appointment the next day with Arches National Park.

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