The first three weeks of our stay in Zion RV Resort were very pleasant, as it was not tourist season and the park was only about two thirds full. But during the last week of our stay many area schools were on break and the park began to fill up. This past weekend the park was completely full and very chaotic. Each new visitor must have been required to either bring two ATVs, three motocross bikes, or eight young screaming children. So we were very happy to get on the road early yesterday morning and head north, then west to Moab.
Our original plan was to work our way through southern Utah from west to east, with visits to Zion, then Bryce Canyon, then Arches National Parks. But that’s before we found out that Bryce Canyon, our next planned visit only fifty miles east of Zion, is much higher in elevation than Zion and, therefore, much colder. We have now decided to make a big circle around the high country and visit Arches National Park next. In a few weeks the higher elevations should warm considerably so we’ll circle back into the high country to visit Bryce Canyon and other parks in the center of the state.
The trip yesterday was about three hundred fifty miles of interstate highway through some very beautiful and diverse terrain. We first headed north on I-15 through a valley with mountains on both sides.
As we continued north, we could see some very high mountains with a great deal of snow cover.
After about a hundred miles, we turned to the east on I-70. Very soon the highway climbed sharply and we were in those mountains that we saw earlier. While it may have been spring in the valley, in the mountains it is definitely still winter.
After crossing the mountains we soon began to descend back into the desert. Snow covered mountains were not far off, though.
As we continued to lose altitude, the scenery changed completely to desert with some great views of the rocky landscape.
We then drove across a long flat area where there were no services for a hundred and ten miles. At the end of that long drive we descended a long, fairly steep grade while coming off of the San Rafael Reef.
After stopping in Green River (a pretty desolate town, from our quick visit) for fuel, we continued on to the exit for Moab, then headed south for another thirty miles. As we approached Moab, the La Sal Mountains to the east provided some great vistas.
After going through Moab, we quickly settled into our new home in the OK RV Park, a few miles south of town. OK RV is not the nicest park we’ve stayed in, but the site is level and has good utilities. But the best thing about it is that there are no children!
Out our front window we have a nice view of the red rocks of the canyon walls.
While behind us we still have a great view of the snow covered mountains.
Today we’ll head into Arches NP to stop at the visitor’s center and take a driving tour of the park. After that we’ll plan some hikes to the far corners of the park.
More on that later . . .