When I was researching the move that brought us to Utah last year, I came upon some interesting tales. One of the tales told of a man who was enamored by the beauty of Yellowstone Canyon. Now, I had never heard of Yellowstone Canyon, and I assumed he was talking about someplace in Yellowstone National Park, and I was confused because Yellowstone National Park doesn’t enter Utah. But, I did some more research, and I found it. And, it is definitely a place to be enamored by! As soon as I drove into the canyon, I told my wife that it’s where I want to live. She says that she’ll buy me a cabin as soon as we have the money to pay for it in cash….. I’m a teacher, that might take a while…..
Anyway, Yellowstone Canyon sits in the Uinta Mountains. There are a few ways to get to it, but the most popular way is to drove North from Duchesne until you come to a turn-off that takes you up to a city called Mountain Home. Drive through Mountain Home, and follow the signs. You’re headed up a road that also goes to Moon Lake, but you’re not going to make it to Moon Lake. You will see a turn-off for Yellowstone. Take that turn off. You will drive on a dirt road for about 13 miles, but it’s worth it. At the very top of the canyon, you will be at a campground called Swift Creek campground. It’s the start of the Wilderness area of the High Uintas.
We actually came through a town called Altonah, instead of going through Mountain Home. This put us at a higher elevation, but, as soon as we started dropping into Yellowstone Canyon, my jaw dropped. It is GORGEOUS!
Our goal was to find a quiet pond to fish at and to have a barbeque with the family. We came to a sign by the road that said ‘Reservoir’, which had a beautiful pond on a fast-moving river. We thought it was gorgeous. We then headed up to the Swift Creek Campground at the top of the road.
There is a trail heading off from the Swift Creek Campground, which we didn’t take this time, because it was getting late. We decided to head back down to the reservoir, which also had a campground.
I’d love to stay that the fishing was great….. but I can’t. That would be a lie. We didn’t have so much as a bite in the hour or so that we were there. A troop of boy scouts also showed up to fish, but, they as well weren’t having any luck. They became bored pretty quickly, and headed on up the road, but we stayed and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. We wanted a fish to cook on the fire, but it didn’t happen this time.
But, don’t let the poorness of our fishing trip deter you. (Besides, we are all novice anglers.) Go to Yellowstone canyon for the beauty. It is something else!