Sunday, May 30, 2010

Harker Canyon

Harker Canyon is located in the Wasatch National Forest in the Sheeprock Mountains south of Vernon, UT.   There are are 2 beautiful canyons within about 2 miles of each other, and each is unique and diverse in the scenery and plant life. While we were there we also saw lizards, squirrels, and deer.

What we didn't see was very many people at all.  This is a great place to go when you want to get away!  Harker Canyon is a popular bird watching spot.  At one time, there was a ghost town in or near Harker Canyon, but we couldn't find it.  It looks like it may have been destroyed by a forest fire some time in the last  few years (but maybe we were in the wrong place, if you've been there recently please share how to get there!)

Cost: Free
Facilities: None.  Make sure all fires are dead out when you leave and close any gates you open on the way up the mountain.
Bring: water, snacks, and be prepared to pack out any and all trash.  4WD is recommended and required for some areas.  A first-aid kit with tweezers is a must in case you have a run in with the cacti like we did.
Activities: Hiking, camping, bird watching, picnicking, ATVs, campfires.  Within short distance by car to Vernon reservoir and fishing.

To get there:  Take SR-36 to Vernon.  Just South of the bend in 36, follow the sign to take the dirt road toward Benmore. Go South four miles, and turn right at the "T" in the road toward Bennion Creek and Harker Canyon about two miles.  Turn left just before the 3rd cattle guard, or continue on for another 2 miles or so and follow the road up the next canyon.

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