Weekly Gem #291, Meddle not in the affairs of dragons

Published 7/22/2023

For you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

Location:  This 'hidden gem' is located on Elephant Gap Road, 2 1/2 miles south of Mount Carmel, Utah (see the  Clue Me! Map).

There is a certain charmed circle of people who might relish the opportunity to perambulate "The Belly of the Dragon." It sounds plucky, and somewhat hair-raising to undertake such a treacherous feat. But here you can show yourself and others just how lionhearted you can be.

The “belly” is a large culvert bored through the sandstone hill to divert water under Highway 89. In these parts, it’s dry as a bone and then drinking from a firehose as flash floods from the upper canyon pour through the culvert and into the canyon beyond. The water carves the sandstone, exposing more and more of the dragon’s innards.


Here's the hidden gem entry from our Clue Me! map.


For you are crunchy, and good with ketchup!


The "belly of the dragon."

Why It's Interesting

This tunnel has experience additional carving as water wooshed through the bottom. The geology in the tunnel, and outside the back end ... is pretty interesting.

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