Adventuring in and around Kanab
We left the Richfield KOA just in time! The cold weather arrived last night and with the cold, came SNOW! When we left yesterday morning, the weather was perfect. From Richfield, we took Interstate 70, and got off on exit 23 to U.S. Route 89. Our drive took as through the town of Circleville where passersby can see the childhood home of Butch Cassidy. There were several other cute towns that we traveled through that made our drivetime fly by. As we entered the town of Kanab we saw some really cool caves with people hiking in, and around them. After we unloaded the 5th wheel at the campsite, we headed back to the cool place that we found out is called, Moqui Caverns. If you decide to check them out on your next trip to Kanab, wear shoes with GOOD traction. In addition to the Moqui Caverns we spent some time playing and running all around the local park which happens to be only 1 1/2 miles from our campsite, J & J RV Park. The campsite doesn’t have a playground but with a beautiful one just a short distance from here, Noah doesn’t mind at all. The RV park is very spacious, clean and it has a dog park which is always a plus with our three pups.
We woke up today ready to explore! I had been doing my research for several days and decided on hiking the Wire Pass Trailhead to the entrance of the Buckskin Gulch slot canyon. The hike is approximately 3.7 miles roundtrip and is rated as moderate. Noah was able to do it without a problem. Of course, with the perfect rocks positioned everywhere, it took us a bit longer to hike with our little archaeologist. If you are interested in checking out this tucked away gem, the turn-off is approximately 38 miles south of Kanab on Route 89. Watch for mile marker 25 and the turn-off is approximately .7 miles from there. You will then travel another 8 miles on an unpaved road until you see the Wire Pass Trailhead parking lot on your right. Those 8 miles are quite bumpy so be ready for some shaking! I recommend that you do not take your rig back there. I did read in some places that 4WD is suggested but I saw all sorts of cars, mini vans, and trucks in the parking lot.
The Buckskin Gulch is considered the longest slot canyon in the world! We decided that exploring just the front part of it was good enough for us. Between the hike and the sun, Noah was ready for a nap by the time we got back to the truck. Before we got to the main road, he was passed out. When we pulled onto Route 89 we turned right towards our next adventure, Horseshoe Bend Overlook. The drive between Kanab and Page Arizona is absolutely gorgeous! As we drove over the Glen Canyon Dam, Alex pulled over so I could snap a couple pictures.
As we pulled into Page, we were only a couple miles from our destination. Noah was just waking up as we got to the parking lot of the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. He was recharged and ready for the 2 mile roundtrip hike. When we got to the edge of the lookout, we were in complete awe. It took our breath away!
We are back in our RV now listening to the strong wind gusts outside. The forecast has changed quite a bit in the last few days and the temperatures are getting down in the teens tonight. We are praying that our tanks don’t freeze and we don’t blow away!