A big thanks to Jim and Gayle of Life's Little Adventures... and Debbie, a fellow solo RV'er (and mustn't leave out Elliot, her cute little dog... the one that leapt into my lap and wet kissed me right on the mouth before we were properly introduced). It was the Life Adventurers that informed us about Red Cliffs Recreational Area, a great place to camp just south of of Leeds, Utah. There's only twelve campsites so it's quiet. A nice creek babbles along under a canopy of Cottonwoods at the mouth of a hike-able red rock canyon. Aptly named "Red Cliffs" is so colorful and purdy it'll make your eyes bleed, and well worth the hour of circling it takes the GPS-less to find in broad daylight. Let's just say, "It's not well signed!"
We hung out there for four days... till yesterday (Nov. 1st)... because that's when the discount bargain rate starts at the Zion River Rv Resort in Virgin, Utah... one of those little western towns where "Welcome" and "See you next time" are on the same sign. I sneezed once and totally missed it :)
Our Lazy Daze, Goldie, is booked here at Zion River RV the entire month of November... for less than half the normal in-season rate... at 425 bucks. I think this is our sixth time coming here. There's a hot tub, heated swimming pool, and potlucks a plenty... not to mention, a Thanksgiving feast better than "home." It's our annual winter splurge, to have electricity and "amenities." Then, we'll get back to boondocking and assorted campgrounds to make up for the expense. I can attest that the pool is heated and the hot tub is Hot. They feel good after a long day on the trail hiking or biking. There's a pool table, too, and a friendly staff that stars Mason. She's been here as long as we've been coming and is just a delightful gal.
Perhaps the more important reasons we like to stay here are things like the mountain bike heaven on earth that lies right outside the park. BLM land abounds, with an inexhaustible supply of dirt roads and single track to explore/hike/walk the dog. The red paved Kolob Terrace road to Zion's colorful upper reaches takes off just down the road a half mile and it's surrounded by more trails and BLM land right up to the National Park. Hurricane Mesa's dirt road takes off a few miles up the Kolob Road, It's another scenic bike loop that we love to do. And last, but not least, it's quieter in Virgin, away from Zion's campgrounds and traffic, and there is no waiting till noon in a narrow canyon for the sun to break over the mountain.
So this is where we like to put down roots, sit a spell, and watch Ms Autumn drift into Zion... working her witchy red magic on maples and oaks. Let the show begin. Yep, I'm a lucky guy!
Now that we finally have a good internet connection here at Zion River RV Resort, I was able to put some new links up that will connect you to some frequent commenters on the BCB. We greatly appreciate their dialogue and points of view. After all, who wants to listen to me blab on and on. Now get outside and take a hike!