Interstate 70 - Utah

Interstate 70 West - Colorado to Green River


Interstate 70 enters the Beehive State west of Grand Junction, Colorado en route to Green River. The expanse of eastern Utah consists of barren hills and rocky cliffs. The freeway replaced the routing of U.S. 6 & 50 throughout Grand County. The two highways follow Interstate 70 officially, but are not signed anywhere in the field.

Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 west
Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound enter Grand County, Utah, after leaving Mesa County, Colorado, through a swath of vastly undeveloped ranch land. Pictured here is the welcome to Utah sign that greets westbound travelers. Photo taken 10/18/04.
The first westbound reassurance shield on Interstate 70 in Utah. Unlike the state of Colorado, the Beehive State posts neutered shields exclusively for all of its Interstate highways. Photo taken 10/18/04.
This "Eagles on Hwy" sign is posted along Interstate 70 westbound in Utah within the Grand Valley. Photo taken 10/18/04.
A view area lies along Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound ahead of the Exit 225 diamond interchange. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Hay Canyon Road (old U.S. 6 and U.S. 50) meets Interstate 70 at Westwater and Exit 225. The east-west road parallels Interstate 70 to the north between the Colorado State line and Westwater. The settlement of Westwater lies well to the south along the Colorado River via local roads. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Views of the Book Cliffs to the north and the Grand Valley to the west from Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50. Hay Canyon Road meanders northward from Exit 225 in the first photo. Photos taken 10/18/04.

A second look at the Book Cliffs to the north from Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound. Beyond the Book Cliffs are the Roan Cliffs. Photo taken 10/18/04.
The first of several ranch exits found along Interstate 70 within the state of Utah. Exit 220 ties into local roads north of Westwater. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Westbound at the Exit 220 diamond interchange. Ranch exits are devoid of any services and generally connect to local roads with no outlet to other major highways. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 enter a dust storm area between Exit 221 and Crescent Junction. The arid climate of eastern Utah allows for the movement of dust during windy periods or storm systems. Interstate 70 speed limits drop to 30 MPH during these events and stopping along the roadway is not allowed. Photo taken 10/18/04.
38 miles east of Crescent Junction on Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 within the Grand Valley. Photos taken 10/18/04.
Old U.S. 6 & 50 peel away from Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 at Exit 214 northeast of Cisco. The former U.S. highway alignment loops south to Cisco and west via Utah 128 to Exit 204. Photo taken 10/18/04.
One half mile east of the Exit 212 diamond interchange with former U.S. 6 & 50. No services lie along the route or in the settlement of Cisco. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Exit 212 leaves Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound for Cisco. Cisco lies 5.5 miles to the southwest, and the junction with Utah 128 is another 2.7 miles west of there. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Continuing west through the Grand River Valley on Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50. The Book Cliffs continue to dominate the landscape to the north. Mount Waas rises to a peak of 12,391 feet some 25 miles to the south. Scattered rain showers provide a needed drink for the arid plants of the area. Photos taken 10/18/04.
The lack of services continue along Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound as Utah 128 enters the fold via Exit 204. Utah 128 travels 37 miles southward from Interstate 70 to U.S. 191 near Moab. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Approaching the Exit 202 diamond interchange with Utah 128. The Union Pacific Railroad line passes underneath Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 ahead of the Utah 128 northern terminus. Photos taken 10/18/04.
Utah 128 southbound (former U.S. 6-50) stems east toward Cisco before turning southward toward the Colorado River Valley. The state route parallels the river closely from south of Cisco to Arches National Park. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Westbound at the Exit 202 ramp departure for Utah 128 southbound. Utah 128 provides one of two routes to Moab, the county seat of Grand County, from Interstate 70. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 turn westward from Exit 204 toward Green River. The Union Pacific Railroad and old U.S. 6 & 50 parallel the freeway to the north. The Book Cliffs continue their dominance of the landscape in the distance. Photos taken 10/18/04.
Exit 190 provides access to old U.S. 6-50 via a ranch exit on Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound. A local road ventures from the parallel roadway into open areas south of the freeway. Photo taken 10/18/04.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 70 with local roads at the Exit 190 ranch exit. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Interstate 15 emerges as the final destination point on the westbound mileage sign posted after Exit 190. Interstate 70 concludes at its junction with Interstate 15 at Cove Fort west of the Pahvant Range. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Stratus clouds, rain shafts, and the Book Cliffs continue to set the tone for Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound drivers. Photos taken 10/18/04.
The first rest area and a Utah tourist information center lie ahead of the Thompson Springs area on Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Interstate 70 leaves the dust storm area of the Grand River Valley at Thompson Springs. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Westbound at the Thompson Springs area rest area and tourist information center. Travelers stopping at the facility may hike onto a knoll nearby for a better view of the area. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Sego Canyon Road (Utah 94) stems south from old U.S. 6 and U.S. 50 (Frontage Road) to meet Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 at Exit 185. The state route links the freeway with Thompson Springs. Photo taken 10/18/04.
One-half mile east of the Exit 185 diamond interchange with Utah 94 (Sego Canyon Road). Salt Valley Gorge Road continues Sego Canyon Road south to Salt Valley Road. Utah 94 exists only to link the village of Thompson Springs with Interstate 70. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Services are available to Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound travelers for the first time within the state of Utah. Limited services lie ahead at Crescent Junction and Green River as well. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Westbound at the ramp departure to Utah 94 (Sego Canyon Road) north and Salt Valley Gorge Road southbound. Utah 94 entails 0.8 miles of Sego Canyon Road between Interstate 70 and old U.S. 6-50 (Frontage Road) Sego Canyon Road continues north from there toward Sego and the Book Cliffs. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Mileage sign and an unmarked parking area situated along Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 just west of Thompson Springs. Photos taken 10/18/04.
U.S. 191 ties into Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 at Crescent Junction and Exit 180. The U.S. highway travels 30 miles south to Arches National Park and Moab. Photo taken 10/18/04.
The one-half mile guide sign for U.S. 191 (Exit 180) posted along Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 westbound. U.S. 191 merges onto Interstate 70 west between Exits 180 and 157. Like U.S. 6 and 50, U.S. 191 remains vastly unsigned along its freeway overlap. Photo taken 10/18/04.
U.S. 191 serves not only Arches National Park, but also Canyonlands National Park via connections with Utah 313 and Utah 211. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Westbound Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 reaches Exit 180, U.S. 191 south to Moab, La Sal Junction, Monticello, and points south. U.S. 191 enters the state at the Navajo Indian Reservation 157 miles to the south. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Descending from the freeway to U.S. 191 southbound at Exit 180. The former routing of U.S. 6 & 50 ties into the diamond interchange from Crescent Junction. Photos taken 10/18/04.
Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50 west and U.S. 191 north
Back on the mainline, Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191 travel 20 miles west from Crescent Junction to Green River. The next set of services lies along the Business Loop at Exit 164. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Another ranch exit exists along Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191 midway between Crescent Junction and Green River. Tying into the freeway here is Ten Mile Road and the old alignment of U.S. 6-50. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Exit 173 consists of a diamond interchange with Ten Mile Road from the south and old U.S. 6-50 from the west. The former U.S. route parallels Interstate 70 westward to Green River. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191 westbound travel 13 miles to Green River, the largest town along the freeway in eastern Utah. The parallel former routing also continues to Green River and junction Business Loop Interstate 70 & U.S. 19 (Main Street) at the outskirts of town. Photo taken 10/18/04.
The rocky crags of the San Rafael Reef rise along the western horizon. To the north lies Gray Canyon and the Beckwith Plateau. Photos taken 10/18/04.
Business Loop I-70 serves the town of Green River along Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191. The loop shares pavement with Utah 19 on the 4.5 mile loop into town. Travel services lie along the loop for road weary drivers. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Use Business Loop Interstate 70 and Utah 19 westbound for the River History Museum and Green River State Park. The state park lies along 500 South / County Road south of town. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Drawing to within one half mile of the Exit 162 diamond interchange with Business Loop I-70 and Utah 19. The Business loop merges with old U.S. 6-50 on East Main Street before entering town. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Don't forget to check your fuel gauge before leaving Green River since the next motorist services lie 110 miles ahead at Salina! Photo taken 10/18/04.
Business Loop I-70 and Utah 19 westbound depart Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191 west at Exit 162. The business loop follows the former U.S. 6-50-191 routing along Main Street through the heart of Green River. The loop is well signed through town. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Looking at Beckwith Plateau and the town of Green River from Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191 west. A truss bridge carries the Union Pacific Railroad over the Green River in the foreground. Trees sporting autumn leaves dot the townscape. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Utah 19 and Interstate Business Loop 70 return to Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191 at Exit 158. Traffic interests to west Green River should take Exit 158 east back into town. The Green River itself divides Grand from Emery Counties. Photo taken 10/18/04.
One half mile west of the Exit 158 diamond interchange with Utah 19 and Business Loop Interstate 70. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Another reminder of the lack of services along Interstate 70 between Green River and Salina. The trek westward traverses the San Rafael Swell ahead, a vastly unpopulated area of rocky cliffs and plateaus. Photo taken 10/18/04.
Exit 158 leaves Interstate 70 and U.S. 6-50-191 westbound for Utah 19 east. Utah 19 reaches downtown Green River (Center Street) in 1.2 miles. Photo taken 10/18/04.
U.S. 6 west and U.S. 191 north split from Interstate 70 and U.S. 50 westbound at Exit 157. U.S. 6 & 191 turn northwest 52 miles to Wellington and 58 miles to Price. The U.S. 6 corridor between Green River and Spanish Fork was recently designed as High Priority corridor 53 as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The designation applies to the U.S. highway between Interstates 15 and 70. Photo taken 10/18/04.
A trumpet interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 70 and U.S. 50 and U.S. 6-191 at Exit 157. U.S. 6 and U.S. 191 travel west of the Beckwith Plateau and the Patmos Mountains as they proceed northwest toward Price. The U.S. highways split at Helper for their respective journeys to Spanish Fort and Duchesne. U.S. 6 merges with U.S. 50 again west of Interstate 15 at Delta. Traffic interests to Provo and the Salt Lake City metropolitan area should take U.S. 6 west to Interstate 15 north. Photo taken 10/18/04.


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