Southwest Travels Part 4

After Kodachrome Basin State Park we stopped in the tiny town of Tropic for a surprisingly good lunch.  After lunch we made our way over the mountains to Cedar City, Utah.  This would be our home base for the final five days of the trip.  We had a great dinner at  La Casa Don Miguel Which was just up the street from our motel. The first place on our list to visit  in the Cedar City area was Parowan Gap just north of Cedar City.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

If you look closely you can see some petroglyphs.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

This is the most famous one at Parowan Gap.  Some scientists believe it is a calendar kinda like stonehenge.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

The more you looked the more you saw they were everywhere.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

While we were looking at the petroglyphs we met three geology students that were on a week long field trip.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

There were even some modern ones there.

Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap, Utah.

We ate a late lunch in a Cedar City diner during a hailstorm.  Then we went to see a movie, by the time we left the theater the storm had cleared.   For dinner we tried another Mexican restaurant, not as good.  On the way back to the motel we found a nice frozen yougurt place.  In the morning we set out for Zion National Park.  For the most part the park is one large canyon.  We rode the buses to the end of the line.  We hiked up the trail to see hikers begin the journey into the Narrows.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

On the bus ride back down through the canyon we stopped several times.

Zion National Park, Utah.

For some reason there were indian flute players in the park.  It was pretty cool to listen to the music while at the falls.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Back to Cedar City and dinner at another Mexican restaurant.  In the morning we went back to Zion, but drove through the tunnel to my favorite part of the park.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

My attempt at a car ad.

Zion National Park, Utah.

These guys caused a minor traffic jam.

Big Horn Sheep in Zion National Park, Utah.

Big Horn Sheep in Zion National Park, Utah.

Big Horn Sheep in Zion National Park, Utah.

Big Horn Sheep in Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

They Blend in well, but we managed to spot them again on our way back out.

Big Horn Sheep in Zion National Park, Utah.

Big Horn Sheep in Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion National Park, Utah.

Or trip was originally planned as a clockwise loop around the grand canyon. When we discovered we would not be in the path of the eclipse we changed to a counterclockwise loop.  We stopped by the observatory in Cedar City, but it was all locked up.  We then decided to try the large grassy area at the school, a ton of other folks had the same idea.

Solar eclipse in Cedar City, Utah.

Solar eclipse in Cedar City, Utah.

The sun was a perfect ring for just 4 minutes and through the glasses it looked just like the flare in this photo.

Solar eclipse in Cedar City, Utah.

After two nights of sub-par Mexican food we went back to La Casa Don Miguel .  In the morning we went to Kol0b Canyons in Zion, which has to be the closest National Park to a freeway.  We drove up to the top and hiked to the end of a short trail that had a good view.

Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Utah.

Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Utah.

Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Utah.

Panorama alert! Click to see larger and again to see full size.

Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Utah.

This is what they call a hanging valley, you can see the dark spot on the rock wall where the water escapes.

Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Utah.

Final panorama of the series, click to see larger and again to see full size.

Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Utah.

We met some Folks at breakfast who were from Las Vegas.  They suggested we stop at Valley of Fire State Park on our way to the airport.  We only had a about an hour and a half in the park, but was nice to get a last look at the southwest before getting on the plane.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

There are some petroglyphs in the park.  The artists did not have the advantage of this nice stairway.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Petroglyphs at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Petroglyphs at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Petroglyphs at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Please let me know what you think and stay tuned for the video in the fifth and final post.

ABC  )'(

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One thought on “Southwest Travels Part 4

  1. I just discovered these updates, Andy, but now that I’m “following” you I hope to catch your latest updates.

    Really nice work! You didn’t rush through this trip, apparently.

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