My preferred way to travel is often to "wing it". In other words, go the direction which piques my interest the most. Instead of relying on GPS to take me the direct or quickest route when driving, I study maps to see if other routes may take me near something I'd want to see. Or perhaps, in the case of traveling in Utah and many of the western states, travel desolate backroads through some of the most spectacular terrain imaginable. All it takes is a very detailed map, a full tank of gas, a fully inflated spare tire, and a sense of adventure. Of course, do a little homework first to make certain that your vehicle and driving skills are up to the task. I've found myself in some very sticky situations, but I've always managed to get through.
As my friend and I made our way back to Salt Lake City from the area around Goblin Valley State Park, we spotted a road on the map through the San Rafael Swell, under I70, and northward. Pictured, is a section of the road after crossing over the San Rafael River and just before the Buckhorn Draw Pictograph Panel. Generally, the road was in moderate condition with only a few spots for concern and some turns that weren't clearly marked... that's when having an internal compass and a hunch of which way to go comes in handy.