Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ghost towns of Ironton and Animas Forks, CO

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

Yankee Boy Basin – Ouray, CO

Wildflowers at Yankee Boy Basin

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

Capital Reef National Park

Scenic Byway 12 to Capital Reef

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

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

Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons

The rock entrance into Peek-a-Boo Slot

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 & Cottonwood Canyon Road

Kodachrome Basin State Park Campground

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 National Park

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

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 – Dixie National Forest

Red Canyon Campground in the Dixie National Forest

Red Canyon Campground in the Dixie National Forest

Red Canyon hiking

Red Canyon hiking

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Laia leads the way

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Jean and Laia's version of Angel's Landing

Jean and Laia’s version of Angel’s Landing

A trail above our campground

A trail above our campground

Minature arch - only 8 inches high!

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.