Monday, February 29, 2016

St. George, Utah - Biking and Hiking

My favorite thing about winter is taking mini trips to warmer locations to escape it!  This weekend, Roger and I headed to St. George, Utah, for some road biking, hiking, and sunshine.  We also planned to see our friends Hunter and Col who recently moved to a new home in nearby Dammeron Valley.  On Saturday, we drove to La Verkin, UT to begin our bike ride.  This would be the first ride of the season, and it felt so good to be back on the bike!  Our loop took us through Toquerville and then down to Leeds where we made a stop at the old CCC camp that opened in 1933.

Leeds CCC Camp
First ride of the season

After departing Leeds, we bike past beautiful Quail Creek Reservoir and then towards Sand Hollow Reservoir.  We decided to turn around before making it all the way to the reservoir as the scenery was rather dull.  We headed back to La Verkin to complete the ride of about 35 miles.  On our way back to St. George, we stopped at River Rock Roasting Company.  It was a great find with awesome views of the Virgin River from the back patio.

Post ride refreshment at River Rock Roasting Company

It wouldn't be a trip with Roger without some Mormon history!  We took a tour of the beautiful Brigham Young winter home in St. George after our ride.  He was smart and spent the cold Utah winters in relatively warmer St. George.  The St. George Mormon temple was also on our agenda and a beautiful place to visit at night.

Brigham Young winter home

St. George Mormon temple

On Sunday, we drove up to Dammeron Valley to visit Hunter and Col and enjoy a wonderful brunch at their new home.  They took us for a short but spectacular hike on the Red Mountain Trail to Snow Canyon Overlook.  The views were incredible and the weather was a perfect.  It was a great way to kick my Spring fever into high gear!

Jer enjoying the views
Celebrating Spring
Snow Canyon Overlook