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Sheep Creek Geological Loop

Forest Road 218, 5 Miles South of Manila, Vernal, UT 84046
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Vernal
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
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187 reviews 187 reviews
75 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Sheep Creek Geological Loop was about 50 miles from our starting point, but was definitely worth the drive. You can see the Unita Fault along the upper part of the loop. For the first time, we saw layers of strata going horizontal or nearly horizontal along the mountain and then going vertically straight down to the ground. We saw... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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93 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We were lucky enough to be here during a storm---as soon as the clouds cleared we were presented with some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine, including a rainbow. The 14 mile loop is much like riding a roller coaster but the road is well maintained.

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Nederland, Colorado
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158 reviews 158 reviews
21 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This scenic byway near Flaming Gorge in Utah was an amazing surprise since the unique, massive rock formations literally take your breath away. The loop is about 13 miles long and took us about 35 minutes to drive (stopping only for two photo opportunities)…one could spend considerably longer. We drove the loop clockwise, which appeared the best way to do... More

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Wrightwood, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What an unexpected delight of a drive. We were on our way into Wyoming via Flaming Gorge and saw this scenic drive mentioned online. We first drove into Spirit Lake from the east. Beautiful country. The leaves were beginning to turn their Fall colors. This valley into the lake is wooded with many meadows and small streams. The road is... More

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New York City, New York
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61 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We drove the western side of Flaming Gorge, taking this geologic loop, and it turned out to be the most stunning scenery of the entire drive. We stopped by a stream for a picnic amidst the towering red cliffs, watched kokopee salmon running upstream and felt alone in the wilderness. Absolutely lovely!

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Summerville, South Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you are in this area, give this scenic detour an hour. You won't be sorry. Geologic history right in front of you. There are few places where you can see this much variety up close. Several pull offs where you can stop and view the sights.

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West Linn, Oregon
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71 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This amazing drive delivers it all...jaw-dropping geological landscapes...amazing wild-life...yellow-bellied marmots, wild turkeys, big-horn sheep, mule deer and photo ops galore!

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Summit, New Jersey
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13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Utah is an incredible state, let's face it. We stayed in a BW in Vernal and drove up to this loop. You are in for an experience of a lifetime. We only had 1 car in front of us so it was like we had the whole place to ourselves. It is a WOW.

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Casper, Wyoming
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The visible span of geological time through this area is absolutely incredible; we didn't end up seeing mountain goats or bighorn sheep but hear they are often seen here. We went all the way through this and stopped at Sheep Creek Lake, where we hiked the trail and saw a beaver and also many native cutthroat trout in the clear,... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It's a great side trip. About an hour north of Vernal, Utah. The rock formations in the mountains & the small lakes and streams offer great picture opportunities. I recco' going early evening when the wildlife come out to feed & the sun is setting over the area. Lots of hiking trails. Not sure where you go to get camping... More

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