April 23- May 12, 2019 Lone Rock, Page, AZ/Utah
Our next stop was Johnson Canyon Road, a 16.2 mile trip that heads into the Escalante National Park. Driving down the road you find colorful cliffs of the Grand Staircase. There are farm houses and fields with horses grazing next to the sandstone walls. As you travel you see the cliffs changing from the red cliffs to white cliffs, these cliffs are steeper and rockier and look so majestic against the bright blue sky.
We had a brochure of the miles to each of the historic markers along the road. Along the way you will see an old dilapidated town that was once used to film GunSmoke, the Lions Head up high on the mountain, cowboy road sign and many other historic markers. It turned out to be a fun excursion as not all the historic markers were easy to find or easy to get pictures of, with both of us looking and trying to be the first to spot the marker.
While driving we found a great boondocking spot at Crocodile Hog Canyon, where we could take our buggy out from there and ride thru the mountain trails. Next year!!! We also stopped at Nephi Pasture Trailhead and had lunch, while we were just admiring the view, along came 5 buggies heading along the trails up into the mountains. There are numerous riding trails that go much further into the Escalante National Park which is the south entrance.
Along Hwy 89 heading into Kanab we saw a sign for a hike to theToadstool Trail, a short 3.2 mile round trip journey. WOW, it was truly a cool place to walk …we felt like we had traveled to another planet.
Below are some pictures of Lake Powell, they are taken just above the Glen Canyon Dam. You can see by the white rock the water line that Lake is down about 30′. This is due to droughts in the area and the high water withdrawals for human and agricultural consumption. Lake Powell is the second largest man made reservoir in the US.
Our time at Lone Rock was longer than we had planned but we truly enjoyed it. It was so peaceful. The wind became a challenge and got very tiresome, with the dirt blowing it was hard somedays to sit outside and just admire the view. The weather was the perfect temperature, warm days and cool nights which make for easy sleeping.
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