The Henry Mountains

April 3rd, 2013

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Wildlife

The Henry Mountains are a very secluded mountain range in South Central Utah. For anyone who wants to “get away from it all” for awhile, we can think of no better place. The Henrys were the last explored range in America, and the last to be named. Their namesake is Joseph Henry, the noted physicist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institute.

The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for the Henry Mountains. They maintain three designated camping sites and one picnic area. But, there are many “unofficial” camping locations to be found.

If you want to simply drive on the roads around the Henrys, you will not be disappointed by the view. Says travel site Utah.com, “In particular, Bull Creek Pass, Stanton Pass and Pennellen Pass offer outstanding scenic vistas of the lower deserts. The canyons of the Dirty Devil River are best viewed from Burr Point and Angel’s Point. Geological formations include the Pink Cliffs, Waterpocket Fold, The Horn, and Little Egypt.”

Of course, there are plenty of chances to get out and hike. Mount Ellen is a very popular location for hikers. Day trips are advised, but if you have the right gear, you can spend many days exploring the Henry Mountains.

The Henrys are also a very special place for hunters. Not only are mountains filled with deer and elk, but the last free, wild herd of American Bison (buffalo, as they are often called) are located there. Occasionally hunting permits are issued to help thin this herd. There are also antelope in the surrounding deserts.

Whether you just want to get close to nature, or you want an extreme adventure, we recommend stopping by the Henry Mountains. Plan ahead, take the necessary precautions, and be safe out there.

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