We left Las Vegas last weekend, but before heading into California we took a detour to southwest Utah to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Cedar City looked like a good central location, close to I-15, and we found a Best Western with 10 full hookup sites.
We picked an empty site in the middle of the row, and got settled.
We had a French Bakery right on site, and there was a nice grassy park across the street for walking Casey.
She hasn’t seen grass for a long time, so the first time Nicolas walked her she rolled around in the grass . . . she looked so happy!
We had quite a change in the weather, though . . . in Vegas we were running the A/C non-stop, but in Cedar City we needed the heat pump at night! The mountains surrounding us had snow on them still!
and another full day at Bryce Canyon.
(Those will each be a post of their own, and photo-intense!)
We loved Utah – the combination of red rocks and green landscape was beautiful! The drive from Cedar City to Bryce Canyon was especially picturesque!
We drove up the mountains,
into the snowy countryside,
to the summit where we could see Zion Canyon in the distance (at least I think it was Zion!!).
We drove through the Dixie National Forest, enjoying the beautiful springtime landscape.
As we made the turn onto Scenic Byway UT-12, we entered Red Canyon, also in the Dixie National Forest.
It was a preview of things to come in Bryce Canyon!
After four full days in Utah, we back-tracked our way south on I-15, through the Virgin Canyon in the northwest corner of Arizona (Bryce was driving, so I could get some pictures).
Driving through the canyon would be interesting under normal conditions, but add construction on top of that, and it gets REALLY interesting!
Traffic was light, though, so we made it through the construction without issue,
and made our way back through Nevada.
We breezed through Las Vegas, stopped for diesel at the NV-CA border (on the Nevada side!), and made our way into California, another new state for us!
As we made our way down in elevation, into the Mohave Desert, the temperatures heated up – all the way to 102 degrees!
325 miles later, we were settled in the Walmart parking lot in Barstow, California . . . we continue west tomorrow!