Day 15 – June 2, 2024 – Williams, AZ to Springdale, UT

Day 15 – June 2, 2024 – Williams, AZ to Springdale, UT

We were up early this morning as we needed to get packed and ready to head out. We really enjoyed our time at the Grand Canyon, and we’d come back to visit again someday.

Today was a driving day as we headed to Zion National Park in Springdale, UT. It’s normally about a 5-hour drive, but we forgot to factor in that AZ does not recognize daylight savings time, so we had to add another hour into that, plus we made multiple stops to see views and then eat lunch, so it ended up being a long day in the car.

We stopped for lunch in Page, AZ at State 48 Tavern and I had their Cubano, and the ginger coleslaw as a side, and it was very good! John had the Carne Asada Tacos with the slaw as a side. It was late when we stopped to eat, so we knew we’d be eating dinner later than normal. While we were in Page, we stopped at the local Safeway and picked up a few supplies since we were not too sure how the grocery store situation would be in Springdale. We have also found it’s a lot cheaper than using the “local” stores. On the way out of Page, we stopped at the Glen Canyon Dam. Rising 710 feet, it harnesses the power of the Colorado River and forms Lake Powell.

From Page, it was another 1 ½ to drive and we enjoyed the scenery changes along the way. We entered the park from the east side through the Zion Mt. Carmel Tunnel east entrance. It was neat as you were driving through as it would be pitch black and then there would be an opening to see out. We arrived in Springdale about 6:30 p.m. and our BNB is literally a 3-minute walk to the parks entrance, a perfect location! The place we are in is neat and has lots of windows to see the mountains and the beautiful scenery! We got everything unloaded and then went to walk around and check things out.

We decided to grab a bite at the Zion Canyon Brew Pub and were able to sit outside where it was very pleasant. I had a roasted beet salad with grilled shrimp and John went for the bangers and mash. The food was wonderful! One thing about Utah is their alcohol laws. They have the equivalent of ABC stores, like NC does, but you must order food to be able to order a drink in a restaurant. They also have a tavern attached, where you can order just beer, but you cannot leave the tavern with your beer and go into the restaurant, because the tavern does not sell food. We finished our meal, and walked around for a couple of minutes, then headed back to the BNB. It was almost 9 p.m. by the time we got back so chilled for a few minutes then called it a night.

Tomorrow we will do a couple of small hikes, that are not too strenuous, and check out the rest of the town. We have dinner reservations tomorrow night at The Spotted Dog, so looking forward to that. Nite all!

We didn’t get a picture when we came in, so we got one on our way out! What a fun place!
Driving the opposite way as when we came in, so some different pics of the canyon.
The Desert View Watchtower – built in 1932, designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. It has a panoramic view at the top, which we did not do, but you can see the Colorado River make a big bend and continue to the west. On a clear day, you can see well over 100 miles!
In remembrance of a mid-air collision in 1956, which prompted the beginning of the FAA.
A scenic view spot we stopped at along the way.
State 48 grill in Page, UT
At the Glen Canyon Dam.
After going through the Zion Mt. Carmel tunnel – see hole right about the big rock – that’s one of the windows through the tunnel!
An up close view of one of the windows.
Another one of the windows.
The view outside of our BNB.
We are above the coffee shop, notice all the windows!
Not sure what this is, but it’s beautiful!
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