The mountains of Colorado are peppered with old gold and silver mines, and remnants of towns or just decaying buildings can be found throughout the mountain sides. It is astonishing how far isolated some of them are, and it’s hard to really comprehend what life must have been like for them back in the late 1800’s when these towns were thriving. Continue reading
Wildflowers at Yankee Boy Basin
Ahh, the mountains of Colorado. We love it here. We settled in an RV park in the old mining town of Ouray and then set out to explore some of the surrounding sights. The 4 wheel road past an old mine to Yankee Boy Basin at 12, 400 ft was first on our list. It is a gorgeous ride and some video can be seen here and here. Continue reading
Scenic Byway 12 to Capital Reef
We found a gem of a little RV park called Wonderland RV Park here in Torrey, Utah just outside of Capital Reef. It actually has lots of green grass, something we have seen very little of since we’ve arrived in southern Utah. I had no
Driving on the top of a ridge with steep drop offs on both sides
idea this part of the country was so windy, it comes up almost every afternoon and as a result there is blowing dust everywhere, so the green grass was a welcome sight. Continue reading
The rock entrance into Peek-a-Boo Slot
Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons were something we had been anticipating since we arrived in Utah. They are located in Coyote Gulch about 26 miles down Hole-in-the-Rock Road in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Continue reading
Kodachrome Basin State Park Campground
Kodachrome Basin State Park was our next stop on Scenic Byway 12 going north from Bryce Canyon. It was a beautiful State Park located about 9 miles off Hwy 12 at the north end of Cottonwood Canyon Road in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The park is almost completely surrounded by high red, white and pink sandstone walls and contains almost 70 monolithic spires inside or just near the park. Continue reading
Bryce Canyon Amphitheater
We’ve spent the last 2 days at here at Bryce Canyon, at 8,000 ft it is a lovely respite from the heat that is starting to permeate the lower elevations of southern Utah. This high elevation also gives us a clear phone signal and internet, so we have been trying to get caught up on postings. Continue reading
Red Canyon Campground in the Dixie National Forest
Red Canyon hiking
Laia leads the way
Jean and Laia’s version of Angel’s Landing
A trail above our campground
Miniature arch – only 8 inches high!
Our home after Zion was the Red Canyon Campground in the Dixie National Forest. This was a great National Forest campground with water, flush toilets and hot showers. The sites were large, with tall pine trees providing shade, stupendous views and all for the low price of only $15 night. Hard to beat.
There are numerous dog friendly hiking trails all near the campground and the Red Canyon Visitor Center, as well as a long bicycle trail that ran parallel with the road. It would be a great place to ride, with scenery similar to Bryce Canyon, and we saw many organizations like Backroads providing support for vanloads of bikers.