Exploring Fantasy Canyon
From SLC head East on I-80, then take HWY 40 for the next 144 miles. When you see the sign for “Ouray, UT’ turn right onto UT-88. Drive 17 miles and just after you cross the bridge, turn left and you’ll be on Chipeta Grove Rd. Stay on this road until you reach the first and only 4-way intersection. Drive straight and you’ll now follow the signs for Fantasy Canyon.
Here is a driving map from SLC.
There isn’t really a trail – this is more of an “explore on your own” area. Exploring Fantasy Canyon will take an hour, max.
Kid friendly? Yes!
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Can you camp here? No, as of 2022 camping is no longer allowed (my blog post is from 2017)
Follow the signs to reach the main parking area.
The large parking area, where you can also camp. The biggest downside to the Fantasy Canyon area is that it is surrounded by oil & gas fields.
Since we camped here the night before, we woke up to Fantasy Canyon for sunrise. It wasn’t the best time to get photos of this area. The ideal time would be late afternoon to sunset.
There are so many fun things you can find and explore – found this really small hole as I was staring at the rocks.
Piles of stacked rock.
Taking it all in!
Fin-like rock which was about only 1 inch in thickness.
Every turn offers something different.
Looking into the “heart” of Fantasy Canyon.
Watch out for steep drop offs.
Early morning light among the rocks.
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