Abajo Mountains Drive

Monticello, Utah

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Like the La Sal and Henry mountains, the Abajos (a.k.a. Blue Mountains) are igneous laccolithic mountains that tower above the Colorado Plateau’s sandstone expanse. They began as magma (molten rock) pushing up through faults and layers of sedimentary rock. The upper sedimentary layers formed a dome as the rising magma pressed against it, but the magma cooled before breaking through, and over eons the sedimentary layers were eroded away, exposing the igneous rock beneath. Abajo is Spanish for down, below or underneath. This is a beautiful summer-to-fall mountain drive off U.S. 191 that returns you to the highway after climbing to about 10,500 feet. You will travel through pine forest, grassy slopes and dramatic mountains on a road that at times is a mountainside ledge. It provides a fine view of the southern Utah desert as well.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

Like the La Sal and Henry mountains, the Abajos (a.k.a. Blue
Mountains) are igneous laccolithic mountains that tower above the Colorado Plateau’s sandstone expanse. They began as magma (molten rock) pushing up through faults and layers of sedimentary rock. The upper sedimentary layers formed a dome as the rising magma pressed against it, but the magma cooled before breaking through, and over eons the sedimentary layers were eroded away, exposing the igneous rock beneath. Abajo is Spanish for down, below or underneath.

This is a beautiful summer-to-fall mountain drive off U.S. 191 that returns you to the highway after climbing to about 10,500 feet. You will travel through pine forest, grassy slopes and dramatic mountains on a road that at times is a mountainside ledge. It provides a fine view of the southern Utah desert as well.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 21.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Moab and Monticello Ranger District, Monticello Office
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Manti - La Sal National Forest's Moab and Monticello Ranger Districts; Trails Illustrated No. 703 (Manti - La Sal National Forest)
Driving Directions: Directions to Abajo Mountains Drive

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7/21/2006
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Patty recommended Trails.com and Andy and I just got back from a VERY wonderful trip. We went up into the mountains ...dirt roads, deer, wild turkeys, grouse, alpine meadows, gorgeous views of Canyon Lands Park, and NO ONE else was there. We went about 118 miles on mountain roads. Your maps were very general and not specific to the many ways to get around in the Abajo Mountains. What looked like a single/simple mountain road turned out to be as complicated as trying to find your way around Seattle using Aurora as the main street.....well almost! We found that there was only one map (the Forest Service Map) that was able to give us specific directions, and we found that map while in Natural Arches after we had wandered in the mountains the day before. Your site gave very good general information about all the sites you helped me with. Maps were able to get us to where we needed to go especially in Natural Bridges Monument. The info was basic but very helpful about the areas we were exploring.



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