At one time my father, Utah cowboy Buck Kirk, owned a “spread” in Southern Utah, the last home in the ghost town of Castleton, Utah.

This is not a religious post, it is about a beautiful red rock formation in Southern Utah.

                                                       The Priest and the                                                             Nuns

At one time, my father, Utah cowboy Buck Kirk, owned a “spread” in Southern Utah, near Moab.  The ranch was the last house in the ghost town of Castleton.

I remember well eating dinner (the dining table was a picnic table with benches) on the big screened-in back porch.  There was  a beautiful view of Castle Rock from this point.  Did we appreciate it….the view and the atmosphere of the area?  No  !!  Sometimes, as we get older, there are memories we would like to relive.  This is a good example of one of those memories.

The town of Castleton is a memory now, and all that is left is a small cemetary.  BUT, the town of Castle Valley is a thriving community of 360 residents.

Are you a rock climber? (partly from Wikipedia)

Moab is undoubtedly the outdoor adventure capitol of Utah.  Surrounded by a multitude of National Parks, including Arches and Canyonlands, as well as the majestic Colorado River, its no wonder why so many outdoor enthusiasts descend into Moab to get their desert adventures fix.  The Moab area boasts some of the finest desert climbing in this area Its a great place to hone your climbing skills,  or tackle a desert classic like the Castleton Tower.

Castle Rock was featured in “Utah Primal Quest”  I believe it was 2010.

The best seasons to climb in Moab are in the spring and fall.  The weather during this time lends itself to optimal climbing during these periods, with warm daytime temperatures and cool, clear evenings and nights.

Circling the base of the monument are weather worn cedar trees, tumbleweeds, wildflowers, and of course, some weeds.  SORRY SEDONA, BUT IS THIS THE VORTEX?

Sunflowers line both sides of the road from the town of Castle Valley into the mountains, and it is a beautiful sight, the red of the hills and the yellow of the sunflowers, make a spectacular panorama.


*    The Colorado River

*    The old White part of Red Cliffs/where Rio Grande was filmed

*    The museum at Red Cliffs Lodge.  Castle Creek Winery

*    The dinosaur tracks at Fisher Point

*    The LaSal Mountains

The massive beauty of Castle Rock will live on in our memories and will continue to beckon us to return,  just as drinking the water from the River Spring will guarantee  our return to these beautiful spots.




5 thoughts on “THE PRIEST and the NUNS”

  1. Oh you do bring up fond memories.  I lived in southern Utah, St George to be exact.  And Sedona does not hold a candle to beautiful southern Utah.  I have been to the fish tracks, but interestingly enough, none of the others!  I moved away for my son to compete gymnastics with a specific coach.  Always thought we would move back to St. George and somehow ended up in Florida LOL.

    1. Thanks so much for the interesting comment Matt’s Mom.  I agree that Sedona does not hold a candle to Southern Utah.  But neither does St. George hold a candle to Moab.  I lived in Florida for a time…both on the Cape and in Florida.  I now live in a suburb of Phoenix, but we are sort of in the “toolies”  Thanks again Matt’s Mom, it has been a pleasure having you comment on my posts.

  2. Wow. This is is an interesting story, although I haven’t read it but from the little summary you made I can deduce the fact that it is really interesting. I love reading books so as I came across this post I’m glad as it has brought before me another great book to check out. I will be purchasing my copy from Amazon and after reading I will be writing my submission on it.

    1. Thank you for the comment Dhayours.  I am going to approve it, but you need to be careful, as there is no mention of a book in my post and your comment refers to one twice.

  3. I have lived in Utah for the past 13 years and I have yet to make it down to Moab to actually enjoy one of the amazing hikes.  I’ve driven through many times and thought how magnificent the red rocks are. One of the things that has stopped me from a weekend hiking trip is that I have four young children ages 6 and under. Are there any hikes you can suggest in the Moab area that are kid friendly? If so, we may just make it down there this spring or fall as you suggest.

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