Interstate 70 through eastern Utah

Devil's Canyon, from just off Interstate 70, April 2015

Devil’s Canyon, from just off Interstate 70, April 2015

Interstate 70, a principal artery for long-distance travelers across the United States, covers 2,153 and crosses nine state lines between Utah and Baltimore, Maryland—and most of the route, admittedly, is less than scintillating. After all, America’s mega-highways were built primarily for ease of travel, not to catch scenic views.

There are a few spots where I-70 shines, however; perhaps foremost among them is a 104-mile stretch between Salina and Green River, Utah. Here, from west to east, the highway drops several thousand feet from the subalpine Wasatch Plateau to the San Rafael Swell and Sinbad Country, an intricate labyrinth of spiraling canyons and striated buttes, then drops again through the San Rafael Reef to a wide open expanse of remote desert. There are a number of rest/picnic areas on either side of I-70, most notably at Devil’s Canyon, Ghost Rock, and Spotted Wolf Canyon.

Check out the photo collection below for a handful of pictures of the route.

Devil's Canyon, off Interstate 70

Devil’s Canyon from I-70 in the San Rafael Swell

View east of Locomotive Point and I-70 from Ghost Rock rest area

View east of Locomotive Point and I-70 from Ghost Rock rest area

I-70 cuts through the San Rafael Reef at Spotted Wolf Canyon

I-70 cuts through the San Rafael Reef at Spotted Wolf Canyon

East face of San Rafael Reef, en route to Green River and beyond

East face of San Rafael Reef, en route to Green River and beyond

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4 Responses to Interstate 70 through eastern Utah

  1. placestheygo says:

    Boy, we sure do miss southern Utah!

  2. Roadtrip says:

    It was so incredible how many different colored mountains there were. And the canyons were so vast and beautiful! Went through a very gigantic red rock pass on I-70 which was a sight I’ll never forget!

  3. I traveled through by night in November 2015 but I am going back this spring 2016 because even in the dark I could tell there was some fabulous canyon scenery beyond the headlights and four lanes. http://www.photographyadventures.net

    • Anonymous says:

      I went through Utah on a roadtrip last summer and it was just breathtaking. I’m sure daylight will help-enjoy your trip!

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