Boondocking & Sand Hollow SP
We were looking forward to visiting Cedar Breaks National Monument because it's one of the few places of Utah's National Parks we have not been to before. We were both very surprised how beautiful and quiet it was. Our plan was to boondock for that week at Coal Creek BLM land. I had called ahead and asked about the size of the area and if we could fit our 40 footer and the gal thought we could fit. We also needed internet for Steve's job and there was a 5 mile section that looked promising. Coal Creek is a very narrow canyon that runs along Hwy 14 from Hwy 89 to Cedar City. It has some steep grades but our truck did just fine.
Well the pull offs were few and far between and the internet access didn't work until we were about 2 miles out of Cedar City. It was getting dark and we decided to just park at one of the larger pull outs. The pictures above and below are of our "site". Plan B was to move to Hurricane the next day.
It was a beautiful sunset and there were several others with us taking pictures.
The next morning we drove into Hurricane for groceries on our way to Sand Hollow State Park an hour south. All we had to do was cross under Highway 15 then make a left to enter. There was a traffic light and this is what we saw:
What? All of a sudden they decided to change the side of the road you were supposed to drive on. Like an "X". Good thing they had a sign at the last minute! When you get to the other side the traffic switches back. Makes no sense! I have no idea what this is supposed to do. Even the locals didn't know.
|Sand Hollow State Park, UT|
|One of the toys on a neighbor's site.|
|Steve working late.|
Ick! Not sure if this happens a lot, but I wasn't taking the kayak out there. It was close to 100 most of the time we were here, but only in the 60's up at Cedar Breaks.
This is Hurley's Stink Eye which he gives me when he wants to go for a hike/walk.
The cute Troll sign was on one of the little bridges in the campground.
Beautiful moon as the sun was setting.
Cedar Breaks is a small park compared to most in Utah, but it is unique, quiet and has spectacular scenery. It has a half-mile deep geologic amphitheater; the most amazing bristlecone pines, meadows of wildflowers; incredible night skies and a subalpine forest.
The biggest surprise was the fall color! Being up at 10,000 feet elevation brought great color to the Aspens. I was not expecting this at all in the desert.
We took the Alpine Pond Nature Trail. It's a double loop trail that takes you through a meadow of wildflowers if you're there in the Spring. No flowers this time of year, but the fall color was so beautiful!
We had a great time on the trails here. You could definitely tell you were up high.
Tunnels of Aspen, with the leaves gently falling down as you hike through.
The Spectra Point/Ramparts Overlook Trail is a four-mile round-trip along the rim, with spectacular views in all directions. The bristlecone pines which are one of the longest-living species of trees, are along this trail. The oldest known tree in the monument is over 1,600 years old. At 10,500 feet, this hike is moderately strenuous. And a bit scary that there are almost no fences, just a long drop to the bottom!
The minerals in the area cause the Aspen to turn the prettiest colors of red!
Another nice moon rising.