Southwest Spring Excursion
After much preparation, I headed out on a planned excursion across the southwest. Exploring parts of Arizona and Utah, seeing places missed on prior trips, doing some hiking, and mostly boondock camping along the way.
Starting out, I drove a different route than originally planned in order to camp with a fellow full-timer in the Big Burro Mountains south of Silver City. Then further north to another boondock spot just shy of the border with Arizona.
A quicker trek through Arizona than originally planned. Camps at Owl Creek CG and Riverview CG in the Gila Box Riperian NCA, Agua Fría Natl Monument, and three boondock spots in the Coconino NF. Visits to see the Old Safford Bridge, Frye Mesa, Gila River, Badger Springs, Tuzigoot and Elden pueblo ruins, Red Rock Cliffs and Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. A few planned stops were aborted due to unforeseen closures.
Arrived in Utah sooner than expected. My plan was to travel the far western area to see new places and to stay at nice camps. I entered at Glen Canyon NRA, then over to Kanab and northwest beyond Delta. Saw Kanab Canyon, the Sand Dune Arch, a couple of Overlooks crossing the mountains, the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs, Milford History Park, and saw Pioneer Charcoal Kilns. Also, hiked to see Diana’s Throne and Belly of the Dragon. Camped at Crocodile Staging, Twin Hollows Canyon, Parowan Gap, Lions Club CG, and Oak Creek Canyon. Then continued onward.
Continued up the western edge of Utah to see some interesting things. Stopped at Eureka to see part of the historic Tintic Mining District, saw the Benson Grist Mill park, a view of the Great Salt lake, and the double drop Bridal Veil Falls. Camped at Clover Springs CG, and boondocked at Willow Canyon and Wahnrhodes Canyon.