Tuesday, November 4, 2014
We had planned to go to Bryce Canyon National Park after Zion but they had snow and temperatures below freezing so we changed plans and moved east instead of north on Sunday. I had emailed with the operators of Paria Canyon Guest Ranch previously while exploring the area on Google Maps. They have RV sites, bunkhouses, tent sites, horses to rent and said to drop in any time; their season was over but they live there year-round ("Somebody has to feed the horses"). The RV site was pretty rustic but had full hookups so it worked for us. The location was beautiful, surrounded by BLM land so those who rented horses or brought their own could actually ride to the north rim of the Grand Canyon (40 miles). It was high desert with amazing rock formations. There was a nearby dinosaur museum displaying finds from the local area, part of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (on it's way to becoming a national park). We had the place to ourselves and spent both evenings chatting with Gail and Dave who were wonderful hosts. We helped feed the horses, hiked, visited Glenn Canyon Dam and Lake Powell and just relaxed.
I forgot to add pictures of the horses!