Eastern Mojave Vegetation U. S. Interstate 70  
 

Tom Schweich  

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Other articles: Interstate 15 25000  

Junction: U. S. Interstate 15.
  Exit 17: Kimberly Road, for Fremont Indian State Park and Museum.

Other articles: Field Notes 12 Apr 2017

Locations: Fremont Indian State Park.
Full Size ImageView of Five Finger Ridge across US I-70.  

Fremont Indian State Park and Museum

 
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Petroglyph panel at Fremont Indian State Park.
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Petroglyph panel at Fremont Indian State Park.
 

Sevier

Junction: US Highway 89, south to Panguitch and Kanab.
  Exit 37: W. 1300 S, to the south end of Richfield.
 

Richfield

 
  Exit 40: UT Highway 120, to the north end of Richfield.

Locations: Sigurd.  

Sigurd

 

Other articles: U. S. Hwy 89 near US I-70 Utah Highway 24 at US I-70  

Exit 48, Junction: Utah Highway 258, to US Highway 89, and Utah Highway 24.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 50 at US I-70 U. S. Hwy 89 at US I-70  

Salina

South and west of this exit, US Highway 89 shares the route of Interstate 70 to Sevier, Utah, where it diverges to the south enroute to Panguitch and Kanab.

Exit 56:

  • U. S. Highway 50, west of this exit, the route of US Highway 50 diverges to more or less straight west across western Utah and Nevada.
  • US Highway 89, US Highway 89 goes generally north to Salt Lake City.

East of this exit, US Highway 50 shares the route of Interstate 70 across Utah to Fruita, Colorado, just west of Grand Junction.

Other articles: Utah Highway 10 at US I-70 Utah Highway 72 at US I-70  

Exit 89:
  • Utah Highway 10, northeast through Castle Dale to Price.
  • Utah Highway 72, south to Loa.

Other articles: Field Notes 23-Jan-2015
Full Size ImageUS I-70 west from Miller Canyon  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 23-Jan-2015 Cr-912 at US I-70
Full Size ImageThe mouth of Miller Canyon in the Coal Cliffs  

Exit 99:
  • Emery County Road 912, "Millers Canyon to Willow Springs Wash Road"
  • Blue Road

Other articles: Field Notes 23-Jan-2015
Full Size ImageUS I-70 east from Miller Canyon  

Looking east as I-70 climbs onto the San Rafael Swell.

Literature Cited:
- Retallack, Gregory J., 2009.

Locations: South Salt Wash.  

Exit 108: Junction: Emery County Road 923, "Interstate 70 to Willow Springs Wash Road."

Near South Salt Wash is a paleosol collection site in the Jurassic Summerville Formation used by Retallack in his 2009 study of greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. Retallack used stomatal index data for fossil Ginko and related leaves as a proxy for past CO2 spikes and paleosol chemical data as proxies for temperature and humidity changes. These data show that global warming due to CO2 rise is a not a unique event in earth history and that the magnitude of the coming anthropogenic greenhouse pales in comparison with past greenhouse spikes at times of global mass extinctions.

Other articles: Moore Cut Off Road at Interstate 70
Full Size ImageUS Interstate 70 at Exit 116, the "Moore Cut Off Road"  

Exit 116: Emery County Road 803 "Moore Cut Off Road"

Other articles: Field Notes 20030828040 12 Apr 2017

Locations: Eagle Canyon. San Rafael Swell.
Full Size ImageEagle Canyon from the associated overlook.  

Eagle Canyon Rest Stop and Overlook
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San Rafael Swell.

Other articles: Field Notes 20080606100
Full Size ImageView north from Ghost Rock Rest Stop  

View north from the westbound rest stop.

Other articles: Frasera albomarginata at Ghost Rock

Locations: Ghost Rock.  

Ghost Rock Rest Stop

Frasera albomarginata has been collected near this Ghost Rock Rest Stop.

Other articles: Field Notes 6-Jun-08 near Ghost Rock Frasera albomarginata at Ghost Rock
Full Size ImageCurbside habitat of Frasera albomarginata at Ghost Rock Rest Stop  

Frasera albomarginata at curb side in Ghost Rock Rest Stop.

Other articles: Field Notes 20080606100
Full Size ImageUS Interstate 70 on San Rafael Swell east of Ghost Rock Rest Stop  

View toward Paige Flat from Ghost Rock.

Literature Cited:
- Retallack, Gregory J., 2009.  

Near this location is a paleosol collection site in the Permian Church Rock Frmation used by Retallack in his 2009 study of greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. Retallack used stomatal index data for fossil Ginko and related leaves as a proxy for past CO2 spikes and paleosol chemical data as proxies for temperature and humidity changes. These data show that global warming due to CO2 rise is a not a unique event in earth history and that the magnitude of the coming anthropogenic greenhouse pales in comparison with past greenhouse spikes at times of global mass extinctions.
   

Locations: Paige Flat.  

Paige Flat
  The Big Pond to the south of the highway. The Big Pond sits in Crawford Draw. Crawford Draw is the name given to one of Retallack's (2009) locations. However, the geographic coordinates given are at a road cut about 1 mile west.
  Exit 129, "Sinbad Interchange," exit for Buckhorn Draw Road, and Temple Mountain Road.

This may be exit 131, depending upon who is doing the correct counting.

Other articles: Field Notes 12 Apr 2017

Locations: Black Dragon Wash.
Full Size ImageBlack Dragon Canyon on east slope of San Rafael Swell.  

Black Dragon Canyon Overlook for westbound travelers.

Other articles: Field Notes 23-Jan-2015

Locations: Spotted Wolf Canyon.
Full Size ImageUS I-70 descends through Spotted Wolf Canyon  

View down Spotted Wolf Canyon for eastbound travelers.

Other articles: Field Notes 12 Apr 2017

Locations: The Squeeze.
Full Size ImageEntrance to Spotted Wolf Canyon on Interstate 70  

The Squeeze Rest Area at the mouth of Spotted Wolf Canyon.
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Eastern edge of San Rafael Swell.
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Eastern edge of San Rafael Swell.
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Allium seen at The Squeeze Rest Stop.

Other articles: Utah Highway 24 at US I-70  

Junction: Utah Highway 24, southwest around the San Rafael Swell.

Other articles: US Highway 191 57800 U. S. Highway 6 at US I-70 near Green River  

Junction: US Highway 191, north along the Book Cliffs to Price.
 

Green River, UT

 

Other articles: Field Notes 11 Apr 2017

Locations: Green River (town).
Full Size ImageSunset across the Green River  

 
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Green River in Green River, UT

Other articles: US Highway 191 Crescent Junction  

Crescent Junction

Junction: US Highway 191, south to Moab
  Utah above …
Colorado below …

Locations: Rabbit Valley.

Species Lists: Frasera paniculata  

Exit 2: Rabbit Valley Road.

There is a collection of Frasera paniculata a little more than a mile south of the highway.

  Exit 11: Old US Highway 6, for Mack, Colorado.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 50 at US I-70 15  

West of this exit US Highway 50 shares the route with I-70 all the way to Salina, Utah.

Exit 15: 13 Road, US Highway 50

East of this exit, US Highway 50 diverges to the south from I-70 passing though Pueblo, CO, on its route to Ocean City, MD.

  Exit 19: S. Cherry St., Colorado Highway 340, for Fruita
 

Fruita

 
  Exit 37: US I-70 Business West, US Highway 6
  Exit 28: 24 Road
 

Grand Junction, CO

 
  Exit 31: Horizon Drive
  Exit 37: US I-70 Business East, US Highway 6
  Exit 42: Elberta Avenue, for Palisade.
 

Palisade

 
  Exit ?: N. River Road, for Palisade east.
  Exit 46: ?, for Coal Canyon.
  Exit 47: ?, for James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park.
  Exit 49: Colorado State Highway 65, “Grand Mesa Scenic Byway”
  Exit 62: 45 Road, to DeBeque.
  Exit 72?: Old US Highway 6, west of Parachute.
 

Parachute

 
  Exit 75: County Road 215, to Parachute and Battlement Mesa.
  Exit 87: US Highway 6, west of Rifle.
  Exit 81: County Road 323

Locations: Rifle.  

Rifle

 
  Exit 90: Colorado Highway 13, for Rifle.

State Highway 13 in the U.S. state of Colorado is a mountain route that travels from the Wyoming border near Baggs, Wyoming down through the Rocky Mountains to Rifle. Colorado Highway 13 crosses US Highway 40 at Craig.

  Exit 94: County Road 315, Mamm Creek Road
 

Silt

 
  Exit 97: 9th Street, for Silt
 

New Castle

 
  Exit 105: Castle Valley Road, for New Castle.
  Exit 109: US Highway 6, to the west, Chacra(?), Canyon Creek(?).
  Exit 111: County Road 134, to South Canyon Creek.
  Exit 114: County Road 133

Other articles: CO-82 at I-70  

Exit 116: Colorado State Highway 82, to Glenwood Springs.
 

Glenwood Springs, CO

 

Other articles: Field Notes Saturday, June 20th

Locations: No Name.
Full Size ImageColorado River at No Name  

No Name

Exit 119: County Road 129.

Rest Stop.

  Exit 121: ?, to Grizzly Creek.
  Exit 125: ?, for Cinnamon Creek.
  Exit 129: …, rest stop?
  Cross Colorado River

Locations: Dotsero.  

Dotsero

 
  Cross Union Pacific railroad tracks.
  Exit 133: US Highway 6, to Dotsero
  Exit 140: US Highway 6, to Gypsum.
 

Gypsum

 

Locations: Eagle.  

Eagle

 
  Exit 147: Eby Creek Road, to Eagle.
  Exit 157: Bellyache Ridge Road
  Exit 163: Edwards Access Road
  Exit 167: Avon Road
  Exit 168: Post Blvd
  Exit 169: US Highway 6, exit westbound only.

Other articles: US Highway 24 at I-70

Locations: Idaho Springs.

Species Lists: Frasera speciosa  

Exit 171: US Highway 24, south.
  Exit 173: Chamonix Road
  Exit 176: Vail Road

Other articles: Field Notes 24-Jan-2015

Locations: Vail.
Full Size ImageVail ski areas from I-70.  

Vail

 
  Exit 180: Big Horn Road, for Pitkin Creek.
  Exit ?: Vail Pass - Ten Mile, westbound exit only.

Other articles: Field Notes 24-Jan-2015

Locations: Vail Pass.
Full Size ImageVail Pass, 10,603 ft.  

Exit 190:

Other articles: CO Highway 91 at I70  

Exit 195: Colorado Highway 91, at Wheeler Junction, highway through Climax to Leadville.

Since the development of the Copper Mountain ski resort area, Wheeler Junction is more commonly referred to as Copper Mountain.

  Exit 198: Officer's Gulch
  Exit 201: W. Main St., to Frisco.
 

Frisco

 

Other articles: CO Highway 9 at I-70W  

Exit 203: Colorado Highway 9, south, to Breckenridge and Fairplay.

Other articles: US Highway 285 at Roberts Tunnel  

Dillon Reservoir

Water dammed here is transported through the Harold D. Roberts tunnel, under the continental divide, to the South Platte River Basin.

Other articles: CO Highway 9 at I-70E U. S. Highway 6 near Silverthorne  

Silverthorne

Exit 205:
  • Colorado Highway 9, north, to Kremmling.
  • US Highway 6, diverges to the south from I-70, and traverses Loveland Pass before rejoining I-70 near the Loveland Ski Area.

Other articles: Field Notes 24-Jan-2015
Full Size ImageWest Portal  

 
  Eisenhower–Johnson Memorial Tunnel. The westbound bore is named after Dwight D. Eisenhower, the U.S. President for whom the Interstate system is also named. The eastbound bore is named for Edwin C. Johnson, a governor and U.S. Senator who lobbied for an Interstate Highway to be built across Colorado.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 6 near Loveland  

Exit 216: US Highway 6, westbound for Loveland Ski Area, and Loveland Pass.
  Exit 218: ?

Other articles: County Route 321 at US I-70  

Exit 221: Bakerville Road, for Graymont, and County Road 321 “Stevens Gulch Road.”

This is the access for Grays Peak and Torreys Peak to the south. Engelmann Peak is to the north, and probably better accessed from US Highway 40.

 

Silver Plume

Exit 226: Woodward Street

Other articles: Field Notes 4 Aug 2011
Full Size ImageGeorgetown Loop locomotive at Lebanon Silver Mine  

(No Freeway Access) The Lebanon Silver Mine is a stop on the Georgetown Loop Railroad for an optional mine tour.

Locations: Georgetown.  

Georgetown

 

Other articles: 15th Street at I-70  

Exit 228: 15th Street, for Georgetown.

Other articles: US Hwy 40 at US I-70  

Exit 232: US Highway 40, north over Berthoud Pass, to Interstate 80 just east of Salt Lake City.
  Exit 234: County Road 308, Downieville, Dumont.
  Exit 238: Fall River Road, Fall River.
  Exit 235: County Road 312, Downieville, Dumont.
  Exit 238: County Road 275, at east end of Downieville.
  • Exit westbound only.
  • Entrance eastbound only.
  Exit 239: Stanley Road

Other articles: CO Hwy 103 at US I-70  

Exit 240: Colorado State Highway 103 “Chicago Creek Road”, 13th Avenue, to Mount Evans.

Locations: Idaho Springs.  

Idaho Springs

 
  Exit 241: Colorado Blvd.
  Exit 243: Central City Parkway

Other articles: U. S. Highway 6 at I70  

Exit 244: US Highway 6, east to Golden.
  Exit 247: Homestead Road, to US Highway 40.
  • Exit eastbound.
  • Entrance westbound.
  Exit 248: County Road 65, to US Highway 40.
  • Exit westbound.
  • Entrance eastbound.
  Exit 251: US Highway 40, to Bergen Park and Evergreen.
  • Exit eastbound.
  • Entrance westbound.

Other articles: State Highway 74 at I-70  

Exit 252: Colorado Highway 74, to Evergreen.
  Exit 253: Genesee Drive

Locations: Genesee Park.

Species Lists: Frasera speciosa  

Genesee Park

Genesee Park is a park in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is the largest park in the Denver Mountain Parks system, with a total of 2,413 acres. Interstate 70 traverses the park between exits 252 and 254 along the Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway.

Other articles: US Hwy 40 at Genesee Trail  

Exit 254: US 40, Genesee Trail Road

Other articles: US Hwy 40 at Genesee Ridge  

Exit 256: US 40, Genesee Ridge Road, S. Grapevine Road

Locations: Mount Vernon Canyon.  

Mouth of Mount Vernon Canyon

Other articles: Cty Rd 93 at I-70  

Exit 259: Jefferson County Road 93, Hogback Road, to Morrison, US Highway 40, and West Colfax Avenue.

Other articles: C-470 usi70  

Exit 260: Colorado State Highway 470
 
Golden below …

Locations: Golden.  

Golden

 

Other articles: U. S. Highway 6 at I70  

Exit 261: US Highway 6, eastbound only. If you wanted to go west, you should have taken C-470.
  Golden above …

Other articles: US Hwy 40 at US I-70  

Exit 262: US Highway 40, Colfax Avenue

Other articles: Denver West Marriot Boulevard at I-70  

Exit 263: Denver West Parkway

Other articles: 32th Avenue at Youngfield  

Exit 264: 32nd Avenue, Youngfield Street

Other articles: CO Hwy 58 at IS I-70  

Exit 265: State Highway 58, to Golden.

Sometimes referred to as the “Beer-muda Triangle”, in honor of the large number of trucks carrying Coors beer that have gone over the rail here.

Other articles: Colorado Highway 72 at US I-70  

Exit 266: State Highway 72, Ward Road

Other articles: Kipling at I-70  

Exit 267: Kipling Street, to the south, and Kipling Parkway, to the north.

Other articles: Wadsworth at I-70  

Junction: State Highway 121, Wadsworth

Other articles: Sheridan Blvd at I-70  

Exit 271: Sheridan Blvd., State Highway 95

Other articles: US Highway 287 at US I-70  

Junction:
  • Federal Blvd
  • US Highway 287
    • To the North, US Highway 287 follows Federal Blvd to W. 120th near Broomfield.
    • To the South, US Highway 287 follows Federal Blvd to US Hwy 6 at Colfax, it then joins I-70 east to Limon Colorado when it turns south.

Other articles: US Interstate 25 at US I-70  

Junction: US Interstate 25
 

Denver, CO

 

Other articles: C-470 Exit 20  

Junction: Colorado Highway 470, toll road.

Locations: Limon.  

Limon

 

Other articles: US Highway 287 near Limon US Hwy 40 at US I-70  

Exit 363: US Highway 287, south.
  Colorado above …
Kansas below …

Other articles: US Hwy 83 at US I70  

Junction: US Highway 83
 

Salina, Kansas

 
 

Kansas City, MO

 
 

St Louis, MO

 
 

E. St. Louis, IL

 
 

Indianapolis, IN

 
 

Columbus, OH

 
 

New Stanton, PA

 
 

Breezewood, PA

 
 

Baltimore, MD

 
 

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  Retallack, Gregory J. 2009. Greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. GSA Bulletin. 121(9/10):1441-1455. {TAS-pdf}
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Date and time this article was prepared: 7/3/2017 1:17:38 PM