Lamoille Canyon

Lamoille Canyon AU11-58

Lamoille Canyon is one of those unknown wonders known only by the few. About 30 miles outside of Elko, Nevada, off Interstate 80, Lamoille Canyon is a gash in the side of the Ruby Mountains, Nevada’s most spectacular range of mountains. The canyon is sometimes referred to as the “Yosemite of Nevada.” To tell the truth, it looks more like a cross between Glacier National Park and Zion National Park. It is comparable in depth and grandeur to either Yosemite or Zion. Indeed, one wonders why this canyon is not a national park. In terms of majesty, color, and raw beauty, it is clearly superior to Nevada’s only national park, Great Basin National Park.

I arrived at Lamoille Canyon in the middle of the afternoon. Clouds were already beginning to bury the sun. For a canyon like this, one would wish for a mixture of clouds and sun; but on this afternoon, the balance was too far too much toward the cloud end of the scale. Nonetheless, I got a few shots which give on an inkling of the canyon. One can see in some of the pictures a hint of fall color:

Outside of Lamoille Canyon is the town of Lamoille, which features this charming little church: