Category Archives: Utah 2013

The wrap up and ride home.

We spent 6 glorious days in the mountains of Colorado, traveling the stunning Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Durango. We went up and down innumerable mountain passes, some as high as 12,000 ft and our little RV did a great job, even with the added chore of towing a Jeep behind her.    At the end of June it began to get hot, even in the high elevations of the Rocky Mountains and forest fires had started in various areas, so we decided it was time to head back to Florida.   It is so beautiful in those mountains and there is enough to see and do that you could easily spend an entire summer just in that region.  We met many people who do stay just in that region for the whole summer.     We will be back and for a longer stay next time.    Continue reading

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