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Sheep Creek Geological Loop

Address
PO Box 279
Jct of Hwy 43/44 in Manila
Manila, UT 84046
Main
435-784-3445
General Location
5 miles south of Manila
Time to Allow
1 hour
Route Length
13 miles
Season
Spring through Fall (Closed in winter)

This route winds through the dramatic geologic formations of the Sheep Creep National Geologic Area. The Uinta Fault, which runs for more than 100 miles along the north slope of the Uinta Mountains, is clearly visible in the extremely twisted rock layers along the upper part of the loop.

But stunning scenery isn't the only reason to keep your camera ready on this backway. Expect to catch a glimpse or two of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep as you wind through Sheep Creek's awe-inspiring rock spires. This relatively small area is home to an impressive diversity of birds and other wildlife. Sharp eyes will spot the gravesite of the mysterious Cleophus Dowd along the western end of the loop.

Time to Allow
1 hour
Route Length
13 miles
Season
Spring through Fall (Closed in winter)
Fee
Free
Surface of Road
Paved
Vehicle Suitability
Any vehicle
Points of Interest
Bighorn Sheep, Dowd's Gravesite, Wayside Pullouts
Camping Details
Camping in designated US Forest Service campgrounds at beginning of route

Basic Directions

Beginning 15 miles west of US Hwy 191/Utah Hwy 44 intersection, Sheep Creek Loop runs for thirteen miles alongside the visually dramatic Uinta Fault. It returns to Utah Hwy 44, five miles south of Manila.

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