Scenic USA - Utah

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Swasey Peak

Swasey Peak

Photo by Mark Nielsen

     U.S. Routes 6 and 50 join together near Delta, Utah, just west of the Fishlake National Forest. Traveling west, this scenic route enters the Sevier Desert as it heads toward the Nevada border.
     In the midst of the local Confusion Range is Swasey Peak (9,669 feet). The peak, pictured here in a desert setting, is viewed from Wheeler Amphitheater. Here, the House Mountain Range, governed by the BLM, may hold the world's largest collection of Cambrian fossils. Swasey Peak and the House Mountains present a smorgasbord of trilobites, crinoids and cyanobacteria, material for paleontological study.
     As Route 6/50 crosses the Utah / Nevada border, travelers pass through the Humbold Toiyabe National Forest and the Great Basin National Park. Finally the two roads part their ways at Ely, Nevada. There should be no surprise that this scenic route is sometimes called as the loneliest road in America.


 

 

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