Monday, September 19, 2011

Bridges, Wine, and a Little 4 Wheeling Adventure

Sunday we took off to check out campgrounds along the 128 Scenic byway and of course to check out the views. There are a number of campgrounds along this road which meanders along the Colorado River. Only two are big enough for big rigs but there were a few sites at each of them that were available. They are BLM with no hookups but much cheaper and better views We are thinking of moving tomorrow.

We stopped at a winery while on this road. There are only a few wineries in this area and Castle Creek Winery is one. It is run by the near by Red Cliffs Lodge. We shared a tasting and bought a few bottles.

On the way back to 191 we stopped to take pictures of some rafters going down the Colorado.

We then headed onto Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is another colorful landscape which is eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. Our destination for today is the Island section. We got to the visitor section where there was already a great view point with awesome views.

We checked out some campgrounds, including one called Horsethief Campground, which is a fairly new campground built on a flat plateau with great views. There are 60 sites and many that could easily fit even 45 foot RVs. No hookups but only $12(6 for us with our national pass)a night. We think we have found our next campground for the rest of the time we are in this area. We then decided to take a four wheel drive road called Gemini Bridges, which is a popular road for both 4 wheelers, bikers, and hikers. The start is off the main hwy 191 and heads to 313 in the Canyonlands, but we are doing it in reverse. The first section from313 to The Gemini Bridges is 5.6 miles and can be driven by 2 wheel drivers as well. The Gemini Bridges are two alcove like arches side by side. 

This was one of the only places in this area we have been able to take Savannah on a trail and we saw several other people with dogs as well. It was nice for all of us to get in a nice hike.

We continued on the road which is more of a 4 wheel drive section which goes for about 7.8 miles. We were enjoying the drive until something went wrong with the drive shaft. It seem to be stuck in drive. Luckily another car was following us and they stayed behind us to make sure we got out. A little scary but we made it.

We got back to the campground but once Joe turned off the engine, we can no longer start in up as it is stuck in drive and we can't put it in park or neutral to start it up. Monday morning we'll have to have it towed into a repair shop. Luckily there is both just a short distance from the campground, but it looks like we will be staying here at least one more day.

No comments:

Post a Comment