After our failed trip to Capital Reef, the kids were so bummed. We told them we would make it up to them...they would get their camping trip, we promised!!
So this last weekend, we hit the road again. Except this time we went to Snow Canyon State Park in St. George. We only had a reservation for Sunday night. Saturday night was completely booked, however, they have walk-in sites available if you get there early enough. Soooooo, again, we took a gamble. We left early Saturday morning and just crossed our fingers that they had a walk-in site available for Saturday night.
We made it to Snow Canyon by lunch time, and low and behold they had a campsite available!!!
In fact, they had several!! We even got to chose the one we wanted, haleluja!!
We picked one that we've camped in before...it's pretty much our favorite spot. It's kinda secluded off the road, and it's right up against the rock. The kids can climb all over (not too high though...the ranger got after my kids for going to far up the rock...whoops) and they created all sorts of little trails and hide-outs.
Haley and Morgan slept in their own tent tucked away.
They named their spot the Coyote Den.
Sunday we went on a hike in the park to see the lava tubes. The tubes are basically huge caves created from lava flowing underground from volcanoes dating back 27,000 years ago. Some of the tubes collapsed but some are still in tact and people can walk through them.
Having our picnic lunch outside one of the caves.
The lookout point from the lava flow hike.
We also hit up the sand dunes in the park that evening before dinner.
This is always a favorite with the kids...you can't visit Snow Canyon without hitting up the dunes!
Monday morning we went on a very short hike (more like a little walk) to see the pioneer names written on the canyon wall. Pioneers would write their names with axle grease as they passed through the area. Some dated back to 1881!
And just for kicks I had Haley and Morgan pose in the same rock hole they peeked through years ago.
They're so little!!!
Hiking up to see all the pioneer names.
After the hike we headed back to camp, made a quick lunch and then we packed up to head home.
I'm so glad we planned this little weekend getaway. It was perfect and just what we all needed.
And we all got our much needed s'mores fix!!