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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What's going on at the Fairy Forest?

Friday night was another night in the tent- this time in the Uintas.  We woke up Saturday morning to another beautiful day, although it was a little chilly early on.  We enjoyed the beautiful leaves, although they are falling off the trees and will leave bare branches behind pretty soon. 
I especially love the red aspen leaves.  The yellow ones are pretty, but the red ones are so unique!  It was beautiful along the Mirror Lake Highway as we drove to track down the Fairy Forest. 
The Fairy Forest is south of the Shady Dell Campground at MM17.  If you're not camping, there's a pulloff right at the milepost, with the trail leading south from there.  We crossed a small dry streambed, then 50 feet further down the trail headed off to the west to find ourselves in the Fairy Forest.  
I really don't know what to say about the fairy forest.  Words fail me.  It's kindof cool, somewhat wierd, and a little bit creepy.  How would you describe lots and lots of rocks arranged into rows and patterns in a forest?  Paint has been liberally applied to many of them. 
There are countless areas that are sectioned off, each having a theme.  Fairytropolis, complete with several rocks painted out as hotels, stores, airports, etc-  Check.  The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow- Check.  Witches cauldron with rats and skulls- check.   Bowling Alley- Check.  LDS Young Women Values- Check.  Family reunion tributes- check.  Memorials to dead pets or friends- check. 
 Rockhenge- check.  Plus, there are many more ideas and themes, all carried out with painted rocks. 
The Fairy Forest is an interesting and unique place.  I've gotta conclude that some people have way too much time on their hands.

Nearest City: Samak, UT
Location: South of the Shady Dale Campground and Mile Marker 17
Time Needed: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Kid Friendly: Yes
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