Memorial Day Weekend Trip – Circling the Grand Canyon

By | May 27, 2015 1:17 pm

Memorial Day Weekend Trip - Circling the Grand Canyon

We spent the holiday weekend around the Grand Canyon and then up through Zion.

We left Las Vegas Friday mid-afternoon and headed towards the Grand Canyon. The drive had sun, rain, sleet, hail and just about everything in between. We caught a great shot of a rainbow as the sun was hanging low in the sky behind us.

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We made it to camp along Forrest Rd 302 as the sun was setting.  We set up the tent and climbed in for a chilly 32 degree night.

Saturday morning we went into Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and played tourist for a while. We made it over to the Desert View Watchtower. The tower and the area is steeped with history.

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From there we headed up to Horseshoe Bend just outside of Page, Az. Phenominal views.  Hard to describe. I guess you just have to be there to understand.

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On to Zion. By the time we got there it was raining pretty hard so we didn’t get out to explore the park.  We stopped at the visitors center and made our way to our camp spot for the night up Smithsonian Butte Backcountry Byway. Normally this is a very easy dirty road, but with the rains, the climb out of Rockville, UT was slick. We set up the tent quickly between rain showers.  It poured on and off throughout the night. Our Mombasa tent held up great and kept us perfectly warm and dry all night. We even slept with one of the windows open. Needless to say our view from the tent was nothing short of spectacular.

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Sunday morning we hit the road back to home. It’s amazing how much you can see and do in a short 48 hour span.  Even though the weather was not great, we still had a full and fun weekend.

We’re on to planning out next trip.  Suggestions on where to go?

 

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