(written by Bill)
Part 2 on a series about our road trip from California to Ohio through 15 National – Parks, Recreation Areas, Forests, and Monuments.
On the second day of our journey we left Tonopah Nevada early morning and continued heading east, or so we thought. Turns out we were actually going south toward Las Vegas, per instructions from our wonderful navigation system. Oh well, we weren’t in a big hurry so after reviewing the map, the old fashion way, we recalculated and were back on course heading up through a very small section of Arizona. It was here that we came across the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Site and decided to stop for lunch. What a wonderful peaceful location to take a break. A little wildlife, flora, and a relaxing warm breeze.
After our meal of crackers, cheese, and fruit we headed to Zion National Park which was just over the border into Utah. We spent the afternoon looking at some of the most beautiful rock formations and canyon settings in the world. Since my Dad and Sisters have been here before we got right on the tour bus (no cars allowed in the canyon) and headed straight to the last stop called Temple of the Sinawava. We hiked about a mile on a paved trail snapping pictures of the gorgeous shear canyon walls and the North Fork of the Virgin River flowing beside the trail. Absolutely breathtaking.
If you plan on visiting Zion, figure on more than one day because there is sooo much to see. I hope the photo’s I have included in this blog show the magnificence of this particular National Park.
After seeing all we could see we took the bus back to our car and drove on to a great little town named Mt Carmel and called it a day.
To learn a little about Mt Carmel and the southeastern section of Utah, click here – Mt Carmel Information
Information about Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area click here – VRCRA Information
Information about Zion National Park click here – Zion Information
To see more photo’s of the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area click here – More VRCRA Photo’s
To see more photo’s of Zion National Park click here – More Zion Photo’s
Next blog I’ll talk about Red Canyon Dixie National Forest and Bryce National Park, both in Utah.
Hope you enjoy…