Sunday, April 22, 2018

Southern Utah is Amazing !

After leaving Vegas, we traveled north to the town of Kanab, Utah where we've meant to visit the last three times we've "done" Utah. Finally, we're going to get there to see the surrounding sites and vistas...and what sites they are !

Let's start with Zion National Park. The main draw for the park is the west and valley floor area but the east entrance road is spectacular as well so that's what we wanted to see this time.

Imagine how many years it took for water, wind, snow and ice to carve out these formations !!?? 
This is called Checkerboard Mesa. You can see why, with the vertical and horizontal cracks.

Here's me and Katie to show perspective of how grand these formations are.

I've got Katie in her front pouch as I climbed up a ways. Look at the many, many layers of sediment that's been deposited over the centuries.

I think these are Manzanita little bells.

The east entrance road is lined with these checkerboard rocks for miles.

Around every turn and straightaway there's a photo to be taken. We were going about 15 miles per hour !
Then we went through the mile long tunnel to enter the Zion valley floor.

This is a view out the tunnel window as we drove through.
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This is the Grand Arch where rocks have eroded and fell down to make this eye-catching shape. People stop on the turn out to take us !

All that dirt below is erosion from these cliffs.

Just another spectacular view.

Steve posing with Katie in her carrier we bought so we can take her into visitor's center, Lowes, etc. She loves it.
One of the places we investigated near Kanab was the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. It looks like just a bunch of sand that happens to be "pink" but it was really terrific !

Footprints from people playing in the sand

From a distance to show scale
Sand from the dunes: grains of quartz with a hematite coating providing the orange color.

Round beetle from ground level.
Katie's feet got soooo pink from playing in the sand. We washed her that night.

This Off Road Vehicle tried to get up this sand dune but never made it

The dunes are 3730 acres large (13.6 km2)....that's about 7 miles long and a half mile wide. The pink comes from Navajo Sandstone.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle...only found in this place in the world....we got to see one !
One day, we drove to the Toadstool area where we hiked about a mile up a stream bed to find these unusual rock formations created by erosion. The hike was a bit more than "easy" as the maps claimed.

This is the first one we came to. Look at the size of it. There are dozens around this area.

Some of these are quite large.

The two layers of sand are near the bottom are like they have been painted on. Plus, check out the layer on top that never eroded completely. It's like someone placed a rock on top

One layer eroded as well as the sedimentary layer on top.
Lastly, we went about 45 miles east of our RV spot to drive to Pariah Canyon (pah-ree-ah) down a dirt road for about 4.5 miles to see these Morrison Formation colored hillsides. We were fortunate in that, with our car, you usually can only go about a mile but the road was smooth the day we went and so we did not need at 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle.

These layers go back millions of years !

A short movie to show partial extent of the colorful layers.

...and we found the world's smallest's soooo tiny.

Cannot forget to put our Katie in the blog.....every morning, she jumps on my lap, or Kim's, to get her morning "scritching".

You can tell she loves it.

That's it for now.....see you in our next entry....and thanks for following !



  1. Great article, lots of work to do it. You look 40 yrs old in that last pic-- or is that your son?

  2. Nope...that's me. Thanks for the compliment