March 2019 – Quick Jaunt to Utah

It had snowed a couple of days before we left for Utah. We were already on I-15 in North Las Vegas, so it was only a 2 hour drive to St. George Utah. I-15 North took us through 12 miles of NW AZ, some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery we’ve seen so far. These 12 miles of I-15 between NV and UT are actually in AZ and the road was built through the mountains in 1965. It was an expensive project and with the help of the UT government it took 2 years to build. The road gave better access to Las Vegas for Utahans and an easier road for trucks to maneuver. The road winds  through the Virgin River Canyon from Mesquite to St George and we would have missed it altogether had we not decided on this jaunt.

 

Had to go through a bit of Arizona first

The Virgin River

Pictures can not do the view justice

The city of St. George is not far from the border and new construction is going on everywhere. It’s a very nice city, many restaurants and the Temple is prominently placed in the center. One thing we noticed were the wide streets, even side roads were the width of 4 lanes, which was fortunate as once again we zigged instead of zagged and ended up on E123rd ST, very residential, but the road was as wide as an interstate.

Interesting Roundabout

We chose to stay at Snow Canyon State Park, 10 miles west of St George. A small campground, 23 spots, and glorious views in every direction

Our site was like a peninsula jutting out from the campground

The Temple all lit up at night looked pretty impressive

Around the outskirts of the city are new housing developments, many are gated communities containing million dollar homes and the population has doubled in the past 5 years

Finally in a place with no homeless, graffiti or garbage, which we saw so much of in California.

It was still quite cold in Utah, so after 2 days we scuttled back to NV as only wimps do. But very glad we had spent the time there, plus we got to drive I-15 back through those beautiful mountains again