Memorial Day Weekend in Provo

Provo, UT

We left Richfield, UT Thursday morning and drove 120 miles north to Provo.  With Memorial Day approaching we had a site reserved in Utah Lake State Park through the holiday week-end.  Utah Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the state.  Due to the arid climate almost half of the water loss in the lake is due to evaporation, which gives the water a slightly salty taste.  Although smaller than the Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake is still fairly large (24 miles long, 13 miles wide) but it is pretty shallow ( ave. depth is 10′).  The state park, located at the mouth of the Provo River, has 54 paved sites in two loops.  All sites have water and electric (30 amp).  While there are a number of pull-through sites we selected a back-in with a great view of the mountains.  Some of the sites have a view of the lake but you can’t see much of it as the campground is a bit far from the water.

Site B-10 with the lake in the distance

Great view of the Wasatch Mountains

Two long jetties constructed out into the lake form a nice harbor for small pleasure boats and a nice spot for fishing.

View from one of the jettiies

When we arrived on Thursday the park was almost empty, but by Saturday night every site was filled with families in tents and small campers.  They appeared to be having a great time playing games and cooking outside.  But there is plenty of room between sites, so they didn’t bother us and everyone appeared to be well-behaved.

With the working public enjoying the long weekend we just stayed out of their way and took the opportunity to do some shopping since we’ve been in some fairly isolated areas the last month or so.  But we did take advantage of the nice bike trail that runs through Provo.  You can access the trail right outside the park entrance and ride all the way to the other side of the city without having to cross a road, as the trail goes under them all.

Mountains on one side . . .

. . . and the Provo River on the other

Going through one of the many parks in Provo

Once on the east side of the city we road a short distance to the south for a visit to Brigham Young University.  The school has a very nice campus with great views of the mountains just to the east.

We also enjoyed a few visits to one of those coffee shops that are part of a chain out of Seattle.  As we sat inside we enjoyed the view out the shop’s window of Mt. Tipanogos, the second highest peak (11,700 ‘) in the Wasatch Range.

The Starbucks we visited is just north of Provo in the community of Orem.   We were surprised to find that there were no Starbucks near the campus of BYU.  Usually a college town has a number of locations near or on the campus.  But BYU, being a predominately Morman university, has a very strict behavior code for students.  Among other things, students pledge to abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, coffee, and tea.  Guess a coffee shop wouldn’t do much business near BYU!

Now that the holiday has passed it is time for us to begin to explore some new locations.  Tomorrow we leave Utah and head about 200 miles to the northeast into Wyoming where we will spend a couple of nights in Rock Springs.  Then, it’s on to Casper for a brief visit before we head to the town of Buffalo for a month.

More on that later . . .

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18 Responses to Memorial Day Weekend in Provo

  1. Laurel says:

    Haha, no coffee shops near BYU unless they serve Mormon Tea (AKA ephedra, also a stimulant but somehow exempt). Looks like you had a beautiful site, and what a GREAT bike trail! Glad you made it through the Memorial Day weekend unscathed. We’re in Joseph, OR and it’s delightfully peaceful here, too. :-))

  2. Jeff says:

    That looks like a great bike path along the river. A friends daughter is attending BYU – we need to visit! We just drove thru a few years ago, I’m getting an idea of how much we missed. Great photos again!

  3. The bike path looks great and I miss those beautiful mountains. So many people on the beach here this weekend but now peacefully gone.

  4. geogypsy2u says:

    Gorgeous! Reminds me of the view from Spanish Fork where Bill’s son and DIL live. A great idea to build the bike path under busy roads. Glad you survived the holiday weekend. Safe journey to Wyoming.

  5. Maxxtrails says:

    Beautiful views from “one of those coffee shops that are part of a chain out of Seattle” 😊 (I also like this coffee shop). Another spot to add to our list of places to visit, thank you!

  6. Debbie L says:

    Just breath taking views! Such clean air!

  7. explorvistas says:

    I guess BYU won’t be opening a satellite campus up here in Leelanau County, Michigan! 🙂 Nice bike trail, Pam! Love the lack of road crossings; a plus for those of us on low-riding trikes.

  8. montanaclarks says:

    Funny story–I flew to Salt Lake City for work and the Morman sales rep put me in a beautiful old hotel near the Tabernacle. No coffee pot in the room, and NO coffee in the restaurant. When the poor sales rep came to retrieve me at about 9am he had a VERY coffee deprived person on his hands–he graciously found a coffee shop!

  9. Larry says:

    Great site facing the snow topped mountains. We’ve spent many happy hours up their in our younger skiing days. I’ll make a note of this park in case we get out that way again – it looked very nice.

  10. pam says:

    Great looking sites at the campground, I’ll have to keep that one in mind!

  11. Mary says:

    I lived right off the bike path for 15 years. I’ve logged many, many miles on that path. My boys loved going there too. When we have to be in Utah I will sometimes drive there and walk the dogs, as there aren’t many good places to walk in that area. Utah county is my least favorite place to be now, but until the hubby sells his shop there, we still have to spend a few months out of the year there. I’m glad you survived the masses at the lake.

  12. What a great place to camp. You found a good one. 🙂

  13. Jodee Gravel says:

    Glad to see that with the bugs gone it is a very nice place to stay – lovely views! College without coffee……..had no idea that was even possible :-)))) You’ve sure given UT a thorough “doing” this spring.

  14. Gay says:

    What a great bike trail…love the river!

    Happy trails!

  15. We’ve stayed there a couple times and really liked the bike trail, too.
    Learned something new about the Mormons and coffee. Had no idea!

  16. pmbweaver says:

    Gorgeous header!
    Houston would love to give that lake some of its water. What a mess.
    Gorgeous site! The bike path is so beautiful.
    Oh my gosh, I had no idea BYU students weren’t allowed to drink coffee or tea. That seems pretty crazy to me.

  17. heyduke50 says:

    you want a great workout hike to the “Y”

  18. After all our running around for Betsy, we will try to walk the trail. We had been alone for two nights don’t know how the park would look like this weekend. So far the bugs are behaving and the birds are a chirping !

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