The Route of Jedediah S. Smith in 1826 from the Great Salt Lake to the Colorado River
Utah Historical Quarterly
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Historical Society
"The route of the intrepid explorer, Jedediah S. Smith from Salt Lake to the Colorado River in 1826 has been the subject of considerable controversy. The theory of his route last proposed...which takes him from the upper Sevier River westward over a range of mountains, across the Escalante Desert and down the Meadow Valley Wash to its junction with the Virgin River, leaves several conditions which do not fit those stated by Smith. There is here proposed a modification of the older theory that his route lay along the Virgin River which appears to fulfill all of the conditions stated by Smith in his letter to General Clark."