Monday, March 10, 2014

Snow Canyon State Park, Utah - Hiking and Road Biking

Roger and I decided to do a quick trip to St. George to enjoy the warmer temperatures and sunshine for the weekend.  There was one camp site available for reservation in Snow Canyon State Park so we booked the site and headed south after work on Friday evening.

Snow Canyon State Park

The temperatures were mild but the wind was howling as we set up camp on Friday evening.  Despite the windy conditions, I was determined to start a campfire and enjoy a beer before bed.  The fire was easier to start than I had anticipated and the wind began to subside, making for a pleasant evening of stargazing and dreaming about spring activities.

Roger needed to take care of some things in St. George on Saturday morning so I decided to do a short hike before our planned bike ride on Saturday afternoon.  I hiked the easy trail to Three Ponds in Snow Canyon and found plentiful signs of spring along the way.  The scenery along the way to Three Ponds was more spectacular than the destination itself.

Leaves were popping out all over Snow Canyon

More signs of spring

Flowers along the way to Three Ponds

View along the hike to Three Ponds

Along the hike to Three Ponds

Roger and I got on our road bikes for the rest of the day and cycled north through Snow Canyon to the town on Veyo, then southwest to Gunlock Reservoir State Park, and finally east into Ivins.  The loop is about 40 miles and we still had some extra time, so we decided to bike into St. George for a few more miles  before returning to Snow Canyon.  Our total mileage for the day was 50 miles.  Later that evening, Hunter and Col joined us for a great night of fun and beverages next to the campfire.  Thank you Hunter and Col for all the extra beer and firewood!

Roger getting ready to ride

At Gunlock Reservoir State Park

Riding back to Ivins

On Sunday morning, Roger and I decided to do another quick ride before heading back to Salt Lake.  We planned to ride north and pass through Veyo again before continuing on to Enterprise, thinking it was only about 18 miles one way.  At the 20 mile mark, we decided to turn around, not realizing that we weren't even close to the town.  It is actually about 32 miles from Snow Canyon to Enterprise, so that trip will have to wait for another day.  We enjoyed our 40 mile out-and-back ride and headed back to Salt Lake on Sunday afternoon.

More early spring flowers

Riding out of Snow Canyon