Tuesday, May 24, 2016
A friend and I had driven to Zion National Park for a day trip and planned to come back for a longer visit. While we were in the area, we decided to visit a few areas that may be suitable for boondocking.
We didn't find much on the internet, except along a road called Kolob Terrace Road. The boondocking there is along a little river, but more suitable for van campers and tents.
You will see signs posted by BLM on the south side of Route 9 stating that these are "Your Public Lands" and you'll see quite a few dirt roads, including one paved one in this area. Some of these roads are better than others, as usual for BLM land.
We noticed a few rigs quite far from Route 9 on the south side, as well as a few dirt roads leading into the area. The area we chose to visit was actually labeled with a street sign. We turned into Sheep Bridge Road and followed it for a couple of miles. We found a couple good large camping areas about 1.7 miles in, at 37° 11.836' 113° 13.177' . There is a low cable over the road, but my 5th wheel, about 12 feet tall, made it under OK. Going out, just use the left side of the road.
I have a small 5th wheel and my friend has a small travel trailer, so we picked the smaller site and stayed for about a week. The area was not heavily used while we were there, but does have some traffic. There were people with bikes as well as ATVs.
The scenery is quite good in this area, the typical desert foliage and some nice rock hills. There are a few pullouts along the road to where we camped, but they are right on the road, so it was nice to have our own little area.
It's about 10 miles to Hurricane, Utah, and about 15 to Zion National Park. We found very little trash in our immediate area, but while driving around we found a campsite that was left with all sorts of trash. I'm sure that situation was not caused by RVers, but please be sure to keep these areas clean. We are lucky to have this vacant land to camp on without fees, I would hate to see them fenced off because of a few people who litter.
Monday, May 23, 2016
A little further down the dirt road, we saw a beautiful green pasture with large trees, contrasting with the red rocks.
Shortly after that, we started seeing a couple of old buildings behind fences. We stopped and took some photos of the buildings, an old church with the bell still up in the steeple as well as a larger building that may have been a school.
I love these old ghost towns and this is not very far off the beaten track, and it's on a relatively decent dirt road, so that's a bonus.
Utah is well known for having a large Mormon population. One of the most impressive buildings in St. George is the Mormon Temple of the Latter Day Saints which takes up an entire block. It is a large multi-story, stark white building that can be seen from many locations in the city.
The grounds are immaculately kept and the front fence is lined with 5' tall rose bushes. It is obviously very impressive. The green lawn is striking, since the area surrounding the city is desert and red rocks!
There are multiple traffic circles in the area and one nearby has a very impressive display. There were multiple red rock formations in this one as well as some bronze statues of horses, colts and one horse with an Indian aboard at full gallop.
This city is easy to get around and everything is available. The scenery is great as you can see red rock cliffs and other formations as you drive around.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Since it was built that long ago, it's a very narrow tunnel with not much height for large trucks and RVs. The height in the middle of the two lane tunnel is 13' 2". Height on one side or the other is much lower. In order to get an RV through, you need a permit ($15) and they will stop traffic both ways so you can proceed through, driving right in the middle of the tunnel.
On the way back through the tunnel from the other side, we were able to slow down and take a few photos through the "window".
We took a day trip to this area, which is full of great rock formations. There are white and red rock formations as well as black lava rock to add contrast. Since we didn't stay at the park, we drove in to get photos.
More scenery below......
Saturday, May 14, 2016
This is a great little campground in the far northwest corner of Arizona, about halfway between Nevada and Utah. Massive rock mountains surround the campground, and even though it feels like you're in a rock bowl, it is elevated from the riverbed far below. Since there is water available and a clean restroom, as well as trash cans. There is a small fee - $8 or $4 with a Senior Pass. $90 per month if you feel like staying that long.
The drive on Interstate 15 in this area is awe inspiring. The road was cut through the rock mountains years ago and is being widened in areas. The mountains tower over as you're driving through, and there is no safe way to pull over to get photos! I did manage to grab one photo while riding with a friend - please excuse the antenna!
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Three of us from the campground went to a nearby BLM camping area the other day. One of our fellow campers had been a camp host at this site so he was our tour guide. Gorgeous scenery, but I don't think I'll go over there camping, since there are two tunnels that are less than 12 feet in height and not wide enough for me to be comfortable taking my 5th wheel there. However, it was a great day trip and we had a wonderful hike, in spite of the clouds that didn't seem to want to leave us.
On the way home, we went by one of the state park lakes - gorgeous views all around.