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2016 Summer Mountain Trip Part 17; US Route 191 over Flaming Gorge Dam

The morning following visiting Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park I left Jackson headed south on US 26/89/189/191.  At Hoback Junction I made a turn away from the Snake River and followed US 189/191 southward towards I-80, my next destination was in northeast Utah.


This blog serves as Part 17 of the Summer Mountain Trip Series, Part 16 can be found here:

2016 Summer Mountain Trip Part 16; Grand Teton National Park and the nebulous gap in the US Routes

In Daniel US 189 splits away from US 191 towards the Salt Lake City area.  I followed US 191 southward through Sweetwater County to approach I-80.  While in Sweetwater County I stopped in Eden just south of the junction with WY 28.  Eden apparently boasts a population of about 300 spread out over about 13 miles but the core of the community essentially was a husk of mid-20th century vehicles and buildings.







US 191 meets I-80 in Rock Springs and multiplexes it westward.  I followed the short multiplex of I-80 and contin…

2016 Fall Mountain Trip Part 18; Utah State Route 261 the Moki Dugway

After leaving my hotel on US Route 191 in Blanding I took a westward turn on Utah State Route 95 towards UT 261 which is more commonly known as the Moki Dugway.


This blog serves as the 18th entry in the 2016 Fall Mountain Trip Series; Part 17 can be found here:

2016 Fall Mountain Trip Part 17; Utah State Route 275 and Natural Bridges National Monument

If you read Part 17 you may recall that I stated much of UT 95 lies within open range.  In an ironic twist immediately west of the US 191 junction I encountered a herd of deer just prior to the open range portion of UT 95.  I wasn't able to dodge as the last deer as it ran out onto UT 95 with about 40-50 left to spare.  The resulting impact heavily dented the hood of my car which at the time was a 2014 Chevy Sonic.  This picture from below is the resulting damage the week after I returned to California from my trip.


Luckily the impact of the deer smashing into the hood of the Sonic was largely cosmetic.  Although it did push the left…

2016 Fall Mountain Trip Part 17; Natural Bridges National Monument and Utah State Route 275

After leaving Arches National Park I headed southward on US Route 191 towards Natural Bridges National Monument.


The road on US 191 south of Moab enters San Juan County in Spanish Valley.  US 191 is one of the primary roadways in southeastern Utah and is well graded.  My next turn was west on UT 95 in Blanding but I did cross a significant junction with US Route 491 in Monticello which was part of US 666.


In Blanding I stopped along US 191 on Main Street to view the new US Bike Route 70 shield.  US BR 70 created in 2015 and is planned traverse from Colorado west to Utah.


South of Blanding I pulled off onto UT 95 westbound towards Natural Bridges National Monument.  UT 95 west to UT 275 is part of the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway.  The Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway is a 480 mile route in Colorado and Utah which tours various Native American cultural sites.


West of Blanding UT 95 enters open range territory (which will be ironically important in Part 18).  UT 95 des…