Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Traveling to Southern Utah

May 1 to May 2:

We made the 180 mile trip from Apache Junction to Flagstaff, Arizona. The weather forecast in Apache Junction was for temperatures to be at or above 100 degrees by the end of the week, so we were glad to be headed north. We pulled into our campground, Greer's Pine Shadows RV Park, on the north end of Flagstaff and were assigned one of the pull-through sites with full hook-ups. We arrived early in the afternoon so we were able to get in a walk on some National Forest Service trails next to the park.

Humphrey's Peak 12633 ft - Highest point in Arizona near Flagstaff

After finishing our walk we decided to take a ride into Flagstaff to see the town. We parked downtown and walked around for a while. There are a number of old buildings that have been turned into restaurants and shops. There were a couple of old hotels that we went into that had photographs of the town from years ago. We stopped into one of the local breweries, Dark Sky Brew, that was in the downtown area and tasted a flight of their beers. We liked three of the four brews that we tasted.

Dark Sky Brewery

Brewing area of Dark Sky

Our flight of brews

After finishing up at the brewery, we took a drive around Northern Arizona University which is located in Flagstaff. The university is larger than we expected and the campus has many new buildings.

The next morning we left the RV park and made the 230 mile drive up US Hwy 89 to Glendale, Utah. We had made reservations for two weeks at the Bauer's Ranch Canyon RV Park. We drove across the Navajo Reservation before reaching the Colorado River. The Glen Canyon Dam is where we cross the river which forms Lake Powell behind the dam.

US Hay 89 in northern Arizona

Lake Powell
Crossing the state line in Utah

This is a small RV park located about half-way between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. We were able to get set up quickly and took a quick walk around Glendale. Glendale has a population of less than 400 people so it didn't take us long to view the town.

Our site at the RV Park

The campground was full every night we were there.

 We will spend the next two weeks visiting the national parks along with visiting other interesting sites in this part of Utah.