Glen Canyon has it all, cliffs, buttes, sand dunes and whitewater rapids. It spans from southern Utah as part of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to northern Arizona. It includes Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Lees Ferry. We wanted to go to Antelope Canyon but as it is on Indian land it was closed because of Covid. However, Horseshoe Bend was open so we were able to go there. It was $10.00 for the car load to get into Horseshoe Canyon. There is a short walk to go see it. The day we were there it was a busy weekday, however, it was not so bad that we felt unsafe as far as Covid goes. There is not really anything there, you can purchase water and stickers at the entrance booth. Make sure you carry water as there is no shade and while it is not a long hike it is still hot, and we were there in early April. Also, there are bathrooms in the parking lot. Pups are able to go on this hike and Eris seems to like the edge of rocks. Was it worth going? Heck yeah…
Now let me tell you about Lees Ferry, where we boondocked for 7 days. While it was not free it was boondocking just the same, no electrical, water or sewer. There was access to water and a dump in the area. There were bathrooms in the campground with running water. I can’t speak of the cleanliness as we didn’t use them. Each campsite has a table and pavillion or as they call it here a ramada and I believe they all have a view. The campground sits in the canyon on the Colorado River. Glen Canyon is basically the bottom of the Grand Canyon, as a matter of fact, if you (it won’t be me) wants to raft to through the Grand Canyon you start your journey here. While we were there the campground was $20.00 a night, first come, first serve. My advice is to get there early as it fills up every day by 3 p.m.
There are plenty of hikes that kept us busy. Mostly short, and all that Eris went on with us. One hike that we did was Lonely Dell Ranch Walking Tour which connects into Paria Canyon Trail, which we did part of the following week. You’ll have to return next week to hear all about that hike. Let’s just say it took care of our need to hike Antelope Canyon. Anyway, back to the Lonely Dell Ranch hike, it starts by going up a dirt road where there is a parking lot. Lonely Dell Ranch is what it the name implies, a ranch that was the home to the families who operated Lees Ferry in the 1870’s-1880’s. Let’s start with wherea and why is Lees Ferry. Lees Ferry is located in a secluded area of northern Arizona, it was a ferry operation established to offer transporation across the Colorado River for the Morman pioneers headed south from Utah into Arizona. On to the hike, we started at the parking lot and walked past the orchard. Sadly there wasn’t anything blooming, otherwise they were free for the picking. After passing the orchard comes the ranch which is collection of buildings that was the homestead of the Lonely Dell Ranch. We continued walking down the trail and saw some old trucks and equipment. Then we went beyond the “Lonely Dell Trail” and continued on down the Paria Trail, we came to a ledge, I was not comfortable continuing on but I saw the Paria River was pretty low and I was willing to go across the river that way, so that is what I did. Mike and Eris continued with me going across, we walked for a little while longer and then turned around. When we got to the ledge, I again said “ahh nope” so I went across by myself, Mike and Eris went across the sketchy ledge.
Another memorable hike was the Cathedral Wash Hike. This hike was rated as moderate, a 3 on the scale of 1-5. Not very long but to me it was everybit a rating of 3. This hike began in the wash and if we would have reached the end would have ended up at the Colorado River. However, we stopped before that because we got to an area that we would have gone down this huge drop and I wasn’t about it. It was a beautiful hike but I hate having to try to figure out how I am getting out of these situations that don’t make me comfortable to begin with. We did bring Eris, oops we realized after that she wasn’t supposed to go.
We did a few other hikes around the area. All had their views. My take on Lees Ferry, the area and the campground, will we be back, heck yeah. Oh forgot, the night sky is crazy beautiful.
Enjoy the photos of the area and I hope this will have you wanting you to add it to your bucket list.
As for the favorite addition that we made to our camper, this week it is our solar system, and Battleborn Litium Batteries. We have 650 watts of solar panels, two charge controllers, 3 Battleborn Litium Batteries and two small invertors. We have never come close to using all of our available power. On a sunny day, we can charge my computer (it is a power hog), use our crock pot and cook all day on it. We watch tv every night, charge all of our items that need to be charged. This has made it easy for us to boondock, and when looking at campgrounds we don’t care if electrical is offered as it is not needed. We have not needed our generator that we have been carrying with us. We do wish people would invest in solar it is so worth it, environmentally friendly and not annoying to any fellow campers around. Mike could go on and on about our solar system, so if you have any questions about our set up, don’t hesitate to ask.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog about Glen Canyon and makes you want to add it to your bucket list and also our fav addition to our camper. Come back next week to hear about Kanab and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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Until next week,
Hope, Mike and Eris