Being NOB (North of the border) felt a little strange after almost a month in Baja. As temps started rising we pointed the Bago North and found a great boondocking spot outside of Sedona, Arizona. The Forest Service road was a big sketchy with a big rig but the views were awesome.
Our spot was a quick Jeep ride from some awesome hikes. The temps were nice and our solar was cranking so no need to run the generator.
I did a hike a little ways down into the canyon on the South Kaibab trail. This is a pretty steep trail and the 7,000ft elevation at the canyon rim make this a difficult hike.
Maybe a mule ride back up would be a better idea?
On what turned out to be our last day, we started to see smoke drifting around camp. Kind of a scary situation when you are camped in a forest. After talking to some Forest Service employees driving by we learned a prescribed burn was happening in the area. The winds were gusting to 20mph+ so burning the forest didn’t seem like a great idea. We all decided it was best to leave the area.
From Lake Powell, we headed North to a boondocking spot on the Virgin River outside of Zion National Park. We had seen all of Utah's National parks in 2009 but wanted to explore more of Zion.
We took a slightly sketchy BLM dirt road right down to the canyon's edge.
The mountain biking and hiking in the area were awesome.
Zion was a little crowded but I managed to score a last permit to hike The Subway.
Fortunately I got an early start and saw very few other hikers. This pair contemplated the last part where you have to submerge into the chilly water to go any further. Wetsuits are recommended. We collectively decided not to go any further.
Another cool slot canyon hike - Kanarraville Falls.