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The Fishlake National Forest protects about 1.5 million acres of mountain forests and is noted for its aspen stands. It is comprised of seven separate areas in four ranger districts in central Utah. We passed through the Teasdale area while traveling from Bryce to Capitol Reef via scenic Highway 12 in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Once a part of Dixie National Forest, Teasdale is now managed by Fishlake’s Fremont River District. After a scrumptious meal at Hell’s Backbone Grill , we headed north on Route 12 and began ascending to the 9200 foot elevation of the overlook. We stopped there to enjoy the view before getting back on the road.
From our perch, we could see the 100 mile length of Capitol Reef’s waterpocket fold with the Henry Mountains as a backdrop. We saw some elk grazing nearby and an interpretive sign about the Powell Expedition. This one included some info about Powell’s sister who traveled in the second expedition as a botanist, and was the namesake of Mount Ellen in the Henry Mountains.
Grand Staircase Escalante posts:
- Grand Staircase Escalante Monument Overview
- Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon Tunnels
- Grand Staircase Escalante: Blues Overlook
- Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
- Fishlake National Forest: Larb Overlook
Location: Fishlake National Forest, Teasdale, UT 84773
Designation: National Forest
Date designated or established: 7/1/1908
Date of my visit: 4/12/2017