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.
OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE AREA
* The Colorado River
* The old White Ranch..now 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.