Wayne County - Bluebell Knoll

Bicknell, Utah 84715

Wayne County - Bluebell Knoll

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"“Aquarius Plateau should be described in blank verse and illustrated upon canvas.” That’s how Charles E. Dutton began a government report in 1872 on the country hosting Wayne County’s highest peak. Written for explorer/surveyor John Wesley Powell’s Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah, Dutton departed from the severe ascetic scientific style to sculpt this jumbled landscape with torrid prose. “The explorer who sits upon the brink of its parapet looking off into the southern and eastern haze, who skirts its lava-cap or clambers up and down its vast ravines, who builds his campfire by the borders of its snow-fed lakes or stretches himself beneath its giant pines and spruces, forgets that he is a geologist and feels himself a poet,” he mused.

West of Capitol Reef National Park and between Bicknell and Boulder, a two-layered wedding cake helps one visualize this landscape. On the bottom tier is the Aquarius Plateau. On top—and scooted eastward—is a smaller tier, called Boulder Top or Boulder Mountain. And rising slightly from a road that circles its base is Bluebell Knoll, the tip-top of Wayne County’s wonderland at 11,320 feet."

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Dixie National Forest
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Jul 2018