Like Mars. But With Water

Lone Rock Beach Near Big Water, Utah

November 13, 2020

Drats. Sidetracked again. I was on my way to Horseshoe Bend in Arizona when I came across this crazy place. It is run by the National Park Service and is part of the Grand Staircase.National Monument.

So wIth a Park Service annual pass and $14, I beached the Sequoia for the night.

Big Water is a town in Kane County, Utah. The population was 475 at the 2010 census,up from 417 at the 2000 census. It is located 17 miles northwest of Page, Arizona, on US 89 near Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam. It was originally called "Glen Canyon City" and housed workers who built the dam in the 1950s.

Big Water made news in the 1980s as a polygamous colony of the Joseph clan. It also made news in 1986, when the mayor Alex Joseph and the city council left the Republican Party to join the Libertarian Party. This made Joseph the first Libertarian mayor in the history of the U.S. Subsequently, Willy Marshall, also a Libertarian, was elected as the state's first openly gay mayor.

As for Lone Rock Beach, I have taken some photos and video but they can’t capture the insanity of the terrain. But I tried!

I will post a slideshow tomorrow — not enough bandwidth on the beach. 🤪

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