Fantasy Canyon, UT

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Distance Loop 0.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,818 feet
Elevation Gain 15 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 1 hr
Kokopelli Seeds 0.68
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author Steph_and_Blake
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Age 73 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Sun  5:10am - 7:38pm
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Do not attempt to drive to Fantasy Canyon if in a 2-wheel drive vehicle and it has recently rained. The mud can be deep and impassable. Further, the BLM office advises folks of the presence of pygmy rattlesnakes (although it's hard to believe many critters live in the area to support a rattler population) and that it's buggy in the summertime.

Fantasy Canyon was formed by the erosion of clay and mud, leaving behind bizarre sandstone formations that look like melted wax.

While there is a suggested loop hike, any trail was difficult to follow perhaps because recent rains had washed it out. So, in lieu of sticking to a trail, we wandered about, took pictures, and gave goofy names to the various pillars, arches, and projections. Please note that the sandstone is, in fact, quite fragile, brittle and crumbly. So please take care not to touch it or lean on it.

All in all, Fantasy Canyon is interesting, but don't expect the wonders of Goblin Valley State Park or Bisti De Na Zin.

Water Sources
None. Bring all that you'll need. There is zero shade.

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2019-06-04 Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Vernal take U.S. Route 40 southeast. Turn righ onto Utah State Route 45. After you cross the Green River, drive roughly 13 miles. Turn right onto Glen Bench Road where you'll find signs for Fantasy Canyon. Follow them! It's best to pay attention to the signs (or, better yet, track yourself on your cell phone or Garmin) because there are endless oil company service roads to make things confusing.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Jun 04 2019 2:36 pm
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