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Sep 30, 2019 - Cedar Breaks

On Monday we decided to go back southbound on highway 413 to explore Cedar Breaks. We stopped first at the viewpoint that we had found on Saturday. The wind was less brutal than on Saturday, so we were able to get some photos. There was smoke visible from the viewpoint that we learned was due to an ongoing fire in Chessman Canyon. Fire fighters are allowing it to burn but monitoring it and slowing it down when necessary. From that viewpoint we headed south on route 418 to the visitor center. We took a walk on a paved path that extended...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Cedar Breaks

Now on to today's adventure. We took a ride up to Cedar Breaks National Monument. This was a wonderful relatively short trip just 32 miles from Panguitch. The road is Highway 143, the same road we took up to Panguitch Lake and Bear Paw Inn. We enjoyed it just as much as the first time, winding up, a creek running by the road,a small community near the lake, the lake full of pontoon boats and fishermen. As we continued up, the temperature continued to drop getting down to a low of 62. At one point, we began to see a lot of animal poop in the...

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Sep 14, 2014 - Cedar Breaks NM

Cedar Breaks National Monument is located in Utah near Cedar City. Cedar Breaks is a natural amphitheater, stretching across 3 miles, with a depth of over 2,000 feet. The elevation of the rim of the amphitheater is over 10,000 feet above sea level. The eroded rock of the amphitheater is more eroded than, but otherwise similar to formations at Bryce Canyon National Park. Because of its elevation, snow often makes parts of the park inaccessible to vehicles from October through May. Its rim visitor center is open from June through October....

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Trip Journal

2014 RV Adventure

Aug 14, 2013 - Kolob Reservoir

It has been a full day. We were rewarded when we made it to the Kolob Reservoir. It was much bigger and prettier than we expected. We drove 3/4's way around the reservoir. We missed the turn off for our road home and the road got very rutty. As we made our way back to the turn off road we saw some great birds that we missed on the first drive by. We still had 16 miles of dirt road ahead of us, before we hit the paved section taking us down to Hwy 14 to take us back to Cedar Breaks. Again, it was a beautiful drive and the weather held all...

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Aug 14, 2013 - Kolob Terrace Road

To get back to the monument we decided to take a different route. We took the Kolob Terrace Rd off Hwy 9 near Virgin. It was 20 miles of well maintained dirt road over the mountains to Kolob Reservoir. We made a stop along the way to check out the Lava Point Overlook. From there we had a nice view of the Edge of the Plateau looking back at Zion. As we continued up the mountain towards Kolob Reservoir, the terrain and mountain formations kept changing. This area will be beautiful in the fall.

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Aug 14, 2013 - Quick Visit to Zion Area

We decided to make a trip to Zion to check out the campground in Springdale on Hwy 9, just outside of the west entrance to Zion. We are thinking of visiting in the fall after we are done camp hosting and the temperature is cooler than it is now. After stopping in at the Zion RV Park and checking out potential camp sites, we enjoyed a great lunch at Oscar's. We split a pork green chili burrito and cool beer in the shade of a big tree on the patio. It was a cool spot and great lunch. After lunch we entered Zion National Park and checked out...

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Aug 13, 2013 - Rattlesnake Creek Trail

We have heard a lot about the Rattlesnake Creek Trail that is just outside of the the northern entrance to CBNM. It is a strenuous hike through the Dixie Nat'l Forest and Ashdown Gorge Wilderness area. It descends 3,500 ft over the 9 mile (one-way) trail. This trail traverses over ridges, streams, steep hills, rocky trails & narrow slot canyons. A little more than we are up for, but heard it had two nice lookouts over the breaks at the beginning of the trail. So off we went after dinner to check it out. It didn't disappoint. Hope you enjoy...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Brian Head Sunset

The evening sky was looking like it might be working up to be a great sunset tonight. I decided to travel up to Brian Head Trail to enjoy the 360 degree view and see what might come of the evening sky. It did not disappoint! There was a storm cell just to the north of Brian Head that was dramatic and interesting to watch as the sun was setting. The wind was blowing hard and mighty cold as I was taking pictures. Fall is around the corner.

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Aug 5, 2013 - Road trip...

At the suggestion of Ranger Jason, we went to Pine Valley to check out his favorite camping spot. It was a great campground, but a long ways for us to go to for a day or two of tenting. It is about half way between Cedar City & St. George out on Hwy 18. After leaving Pine Valley, we happened to come across a beautiful State Park and area. Snow Canyon. It reminded us of the Moab area. It was AZ hot today, but we are talking about coming here for a stay after we are done working in the fall. We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch at Kneaders in St....

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Aug 4, 2013 - FR 048

We are off today to explore FR 048 that connects up to the Yankee Meadows Reservoir that we visited last week with my sister and her family. We entered in from Hwy 143 heading towards Panguitch. This forestry road is the hub for many ATV trails in the area. It was a pretty drive where the terrain was ever changing. Near the top was a great view of looking out over Interstate 15. We even found a couple of potential new tenting sites along this road.

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Jul 31, 2013 - Twisted Forest

It has been awesome having my family visit. Today is our last day together, so we did a little off-roading to get up to theTwisted Forest. I wanted to share this unique forest with my sister & her family. Hiked my niece & nephews all the way to the top so they could get a different perspective of Cedar Breaks Amphitheater. With all the rain we had, I think my family brought it with from WA, the trail was loose and we really had to pay attention to our footing. Of course, we almost get all the way back down and I do a very graceful slip and...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Hiking Spectra w/Noah

Got to enjoy another hike with my nephew, Noah before they head home to Washington St. Wanted to share this beautiful trail with him right before sunset. It didn't disappoint! The lighting on the amphitheater was gorgeous. It was a great hike, mostly because I got to spend time with Noah.

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