Flat Canyon, Manti-La Sal National Park, Utah

I will always remember the warm glow of the setting sun this night and in this incredible place. In this leg of our 23-day expedition, we travel from Idaho to Utah.


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Though we have reservations to camp in Mountain View Campground at Scofield State Park, when we arrive, the campsites are so small that there isn't enough room to park both our pickup and the little Morris Mule trailer, which is only 11 feet (3.4 meters) long. We quickly decide to find a new destination. We look for a place within a 30-mile radius and discover Flat Canyon Campground. It turns out to be a perfect choice!

Flat Canyon is in the Manti-La Sal National Forest of Utah, and it is gorgeous! The Flat Canyon Campground sits high on a ridge (elevation is 8,670 feet; 2,643 meters) with the mountain side at its back and a spectacular view of Flat Canyon. Campsites are well spaced, and the vault toilet is well cared for and clean. Our National Forest Service does a grand job! Each campsite has a fire ring. There is water in the campground, though when we visited it wasn't in working order.

We have a one-pot pasta and chicken supper as dusk sets in and the wind dies down.

grass Flat Canyon CG Manti LaSal Natl Forest

I will always remember the warm glow of the setting sun this night and in this incredible place. There are a nice variety of flowers and grasses and the occasional chipmunk; each looks spectacular in the amber light.

tent at night Flat Canyon CG Manti LaSal Natl Forest Utah

Darkness brings a good night's sleep in our little treehouse, aka the roof top tent. Temperatures dip down to a pleasant 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Perfect sleeping bag weather.

The morning is pleasant and inviting. Sadly we must pack-up and continue our journey south. On the way out we see a gentleman on horseback with his three border collies herding sheep down Flat Canyon near the road. As if it couldn't get any better, this scene adds one more special moment to our brief time here. The dogs do a great job herding, and one of the three is a PUPPY learning the ropes - and learning well. Awww.

sheep dogs in Flat Canyon, Utah

Traveling through Manti-La Sal National Forest, we stop off for a look-see of Huntington Creek. Beautiful foliage line it's winding banks and meandering rhythm. The Seeley Fire came through several years ago. In spite of that, the stand of trees is still the perfect backdrop to Huntington Creek.

I am in love with Utah now too!

Next stop is Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

 

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