The photos below are courtesy of the National Park Service. The Shafer Trail is a dirt road leading down to the Green River near Island in the Sky. Most of the dirt roads around central eastern Utah are leftovers from the hey-days of uranium prospecting: this ancient landscape in the Moab area has a lot of uranium oxide ore laying around. And now, with the rapid increase in energy prices, there is renewed interest in nuclear power plants. Uranium processing plants that have been closed for 40 and 50 years are now being refurbed and prepped for operations again.

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