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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Old Pahreah Town

Another fun thing we did on our trip was to visit Pariah canyon, which is a place that is not accessible in a regular car.  We rented a 4 wheel drive Jeep for a day and went for a bit of a wild drive!
Pariah canyon is the site of old Pahreah town, a town that is no longer there because of floods.  It was settled in 1865 but didn't last long.  It's also known for the beautiful colors in the canyon.

This monument is set up near the dirt road that leads to the canyon.


The road doesn't look bad here, but just wait!


Look at those colors!













This is the area where the town used to be.






This is all that remains of the old town.  It's the cemetery, with stones dated from 1877 to 1897.





This is a river bed at occasionally, but you can see how dry it is now.



Bob and I standing near one of the few trees in the area.



Here's Bob and Mark, standing by the jeep.  See the steep, rocky path?  We really got jostled around here!


After we left Paria Canyon, we went to Johnson Canyon to see this:

Did you ever watch Gunsmoke?  This is part of the set.   I'm afraid it isn't going to last long.


More from Gunsmoke.



Can you see the petroglyphs on this bluff?


And here is an old billboard, painted on a canyon wall.
It was another day filled with amazing things!

12 comments:

BCAUSEHELIVES.blogspot.com said...

Amazing colors and scenery. Good picture of you and Bob.

Vicki said...

Beautiful place! Love all the colors of nature.

Kerin said...

Yay! You got to go "Jeep~ing"!
How fun!
I've never been there, but it looks so interesting and fun.
Very interesting history there, and of course my sweet hubby would love to see what is left of the old Gunsmoke set :)

Smiles :)
~K.

Changes in the wind said...

Fantastic!

Arlene Grimm said...

You were blessed by seeing so much of God's Country. It makes me want to hit the road and visit there again.

Doris said...

SO cool, everything about it!

Laura said...

Wow - so cool all the history there!

LL Cool Joe said...

Now that looks fun. I have a jeep and I'd love to drive it along those roads. Mind you it can get a bit rough around here in the winter months.

Terri D said...

What an amazing and memorable vacation, Mari!! The beauty is truly breath-taking. Thanks for taking us along through your photos!!

Jenny said...

Gunsmoke set! I love that! My sister and I never missed an episode of that show. And that awesome old cemetery. Y'all saw some truly incredible sights. xoxo

Hootin' Anni said...

Interesting...I bet that tree & shade was a god-send!

Joyful said...

Just beautiful desert scenes. I bet you and Bob were grateful for the shade of the tree :-)