Monday, May 29, 2017
Dry Fork Canyon (5/23/2017)
After spending the morning exploring Fantasy Canyon, I grabbed a quick lunch and headed for Dry Fork Canyon, some 50+ miles in the opposite direction. This canyon is noted for its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, but has some unique features as well. On one of the cliffs is a memorial first created in 1898, shortly after the USS Maine was blown up in Havana Harbor starting the Spanish-American War. The large American flag and the words "Remember The Maine" were meant to honor the American lives lost, but I'm not sure anyone knows who actually painted the original. One legend is that a politician paid $50 to a poor sailor to do the job. Repainted several times since, it was expanded to include Pearl Harbor in 1944. Names of those renewing the paint job have been added along the way.
To access the images, it's quite a climb up the rocks and debris accumulated at the base of the cliffs, followed by walking and climbing over boulders for the entire distance. In total, the several trails are more than two miles long and one trail is more than 150 feet above the canyon floor.