Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bryce Canyon and beyond

I think first I will talk a little about the campground we are staying in for a week in Kanarraville, UT.  It is a couple of miles off I15 about 10 miles before Cedar City.  The name of the park is Red Ledge RV park.  It has full time people living here and some tent sites.  All the sites are full hookups.  It is the off season so they had us take up a couple of tent sites.   Fine with us we had grass.  Nothing fancy about the park but it is clean and an the management is very eager to please, something you don't see much of these days.  The town itself has no services, no gas, no groceries...nothing... you will have to drive into Cedar City...odd...but it is a Mormon town.  Across the street is a little hobby farm (in town)...two horses, a goat, a Llama and a couple of ducks....  The campground is quiet and has a down home feel.  The only negative is they don't require dogs to be leashed or picked up you better watch where you step. We would stay here again if in the area.

Now back to being a tourist....Bryce Canyon is about 80 miles from Cedar City so it was a full day to drive up there....but of course well worth it.....  It is off season so we didn't have to deal with any crowds or traffic.

Most of the time people, including me, will use Zion and Bryce in the same sentence because they are close to each other....I can tell you that there is nothing physically the same about the two parks.

Zion, you drive into the canyon and look up as the canyon walls get taller and taller.

Bryce, you drive through a forest and come out on the top looking down at all the rock formations and hoodoos. 

The trip takes you through Red Canyon and gives you a preview of what is to come....

The more you climb the more forest appears.

The drive is forested all the way to the top of Bryce Canyon where Zion is pretty barren of any forest.

Once at the top every outlook is more stunning than the last.

Here is a link to more pictures....  As usual they don't do it justice.

Bryce Canyon

After a day of rest we headed out to see Cedar Breaks and Kolob Canyons.

Cedar Breaks is on the way up to Bryce Canyon but we didn't have time to check it out so we headed back up that way.  Cedar Breaks is a National my geezer national park pass worked.  I can tell you that park pass has been getting a workout.  Best ten bucks I ever spent.
It reminds me of a small Bryce Canyon.

We continued up the road to Brian Head which is a big ski resort.  The area is pretty quiet as the weather has been to warm to even make snow.  Not good for people who need the tourist trade.

Our next stop was to come back down to the I15 and take the exit (40) to Kolob Canyons.  Anyone traveling the I15 and needing a break you can see the Canyons on a five mile scenic road and even stop and have a picnic.  Beautiful drive.

And so ends our tour of the area for this time.  We will be here until Saturday and then will be headed to Las Vegas for nine days and then on to Pahrump for six weeks.
While in Vegas will catch up on things, like a haircut and have the car checked out and order a gas strut for the entry door on Motorhome.

Here is a link to a few more pictures of Cedar Breaks and Kolob Canyons.

Cedar Breaks and Kolob Canyons

That is all for now...............

1 comment:

Ace The Fying Monkey said...

Been there (Bryce and Zion) but not the others you mention... Safe Travels and Thanks for sharing..... Elks Lodge in Pahrump? Also one just out side LV..