39 [Utah] Grey, Zane. Original Manuscript Account of a Trip to the
Utah Desert, September 25-28, 1923.12mo, black leatherette notebook, approximately 19 pages in Grey’s hand, in distinctive purple ink. Very good, with embossed stamp ‘Zane Grey’ on ffep.
From 1923 to 1930 Grey kept a cabin on the Mogollon Rim in Central Arizona; this trip was probably an excursion into Utah from that cabin. Grey gathered descriptions to use in his writing. The first entry (written in Southern Utah, near present-day Lake Powell): “Sunrise over Noki Canyon 5:45 – 6:45. Clear wonderful deep
blue light with rosy clouds floating. The canyon was asleep, still dark. Far north ward the great escarpments begins to lighten…” The journal continues with notes about wild horses observed by Grey in Surprise Valley, and of chasing wild mules in canyons with limestone walls, then a description of a “hard ride” “down, down, down” Beaver Creek Canyon. The account’s last entry is a description of Surprise Valley “from a ledge below Navajo Mtn.” Interesting observations from a Western writer’s notebook.