If Utah isn’t on your bucket list of places to visit – stop reading this and add it now. Yes, this beautiful state is THAT amazing!
Even before entering the RV world I dreamed of visiting all the National Parks found in Utah. Like Pavlov’s dog, I’d drool over magazine articles that teased me with photos of the natural beauty I longed to see.
Our month-long visit was like sampling items from a Sunday buffet table. John and I savored numerous hidden gems far away from the sightseers and tour buses. I had to pinch myself at times barely believing my eyes as I stared at the grandeur of red rocks, majestic granite spires, and pink checkerboard hills.
Our arrival into Leeds, Utah began with an embarrassing moment. We turned into an RV park only to realize it was the wrong one. I’m quite certain our confusion and red faces were the afternoon entertainment for that campground as we slowly attempted to escape without scraping our RV through the tight exit. Right next door we found the correct entrance to Leeds RV Park and Motel and instantly relaxed as we settled into this quaint tree-lined oasis.
Ah. The rest of our set-up went smoothly. We even managed to get a satellite connection without the usual pull-forward-two-inches-then-back-6-inches adjustments to find the opening in the tree canopy above our coach. I stood barefoot on the soft grass at our site grilling dinner while being serenaded by birds nearby. The RV park had a large dog run where Penny could run free and socialize with new canine friends. This was going to be great!
Our evening walk had us chatting with two fellow campers who had been in the area for several weeks. I knew by their well-worn hiking boots that they would direct us to some great hiking areas. Sure enough, their recommendations led us to some of the best views and solitary, non-touristy places.
The next morning, we entered Zion to witness her granite walled majesty. We sauntered Riverside Walk down to The Narrows only to find it was inaccessible due to high water.
That was really disappointing, but we were able to hike up to Angels Landing and enjoy the Emerald Pool Trail.
Here are some adorable young people we met along the way.
The highlight of this area? Our 6-mile hike out to Yant Flats, better known as the Candy Cliffs, to enjoy our picnic lunch. The views from this elevated area were stellar as we could see all the way to St. George, Utah. Penny was free to be off-leash and we traipsed all across these rolling smooth rock formations. We had the place all to ourselves!
Want to continue my journey? Click here for our next stop at the amazing Bryce Canyon.