A beautiful hike where there are a number of springs that bubble to the surface creating a series of pools and waterfalls. There are three easy loops to choose from. The Lower Loop takes you through cool forest and over bridges where you can look for brown trout in the crystal clear water. The Middle Loop crosses over a waterfall, then follows the tinkling streams towards the source. The Upper Loop takes you to the natural springs source where the water is seeping up through the ground.
This hike is on paved paths suitable for strollers. If you did all three loops it still would be under a mile. Plan an hour to hike and to soak in the beauty.
Directions: From I-15, take Orem 800 North Exit 272 and travel east on this road, Highway 52, until you reach the mouth of Provo Canyon. Make a left turn onto Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, Highway 189. Travel on this road past Sundance for approximately 7 miles onto the Alpine Loop Road, Highway 92. You can go to the website for more details.
"Dinosaur National Monument contains famous fossil finds, dramatic river canyons, intriguing petroglyphs, and endless opportunities for adventure." We visited the Utah side of the park which is the only side that offers dinosaur fossils.
To Do: There is an easy driving tour called Tour of Tilted Rocks that winds through beautiful desert landscapes to a few stops that are easy accessible without a lot of effort. A couple of the best stops are to view some of the Fremont people petroglyphs, and the other is at the Josie Bassett Morris Homestead (one heck of a lady for her day).
The highlight of the park is the Quarry Exhibition Hall where you can view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones! There are remains of different dinosaur species such as: Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus to name a few. There are places where you are encouraged to touch real 149 million year old dinosaur fossils! From here, we went on a Ranger-led walk along the Fossil Discovery Trail where the kids got to try their hand at discovering fossils since in the rocks!
Camping: There are six campgrounds located around the monument with three on the Utah side and another three on the Colorado side. We choose the Green River campground which was close to the river and the shortest distance to the Dinosaur Quarry. There was no hook-ups or showers but there was flush toilets. Not all campgrounds accommodate RV's so check their website for more information.
There is a Junior Ranger program so don't miss out!
Museum of Ancient Life offers one of the world's largest display of dinosaur skeletons in a beautifully laid out setting. Over 50 hands-on exhibits geared to all age groups. They offer special exhibits, Late Night with Rex, and a changing 3D movie (extra charge).
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, Utah 84043
Monday - Saturday 10 am - 8 pm
*Closed Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Check website for pricing information
Thanksgiving Point also offers Museum of Natural Curiosity, Gardens, Farm Country, and a movie theater. Check into the Flex Pass if you are going to do more than one attraction.
We were here in 2012, however, by the most recent reviews on TripAdvisor, it is still as delicious as when we went. I had the Mexican Shrimp with Tequila & Orange Sauce which was divine. Succulent and plentiful shrimp in just the right amount of flavorful sauce. If you are in the area (or within 20 miles) and love Mexican food, this is the place for you!
What they serve:
Tarahumara features predominately Northern Mexican Foods. The menu includes Appetizers, Tacos, Burritos, Fajitas, Tortas, Salads, Soups, Enchiladas, Tamales and Chiles Rellenos. Specialty items include Char-broiled Carne Asada, Pork Ribs and Wild White Mexican Shrimp sautéed with Tequila & Orange sauce. And if you are so inclined, try their margaritas!
Check website for menu prices and Hours of Operation
380 East Main Street
Midway, Utah 84032
They are fast casual. You order at the front and your meal is delivered. No reservations.
This campground is conveniently close to the entrance of Zion National Park. There is a free shuttle service to get to the park with a stop right at the entrance to the campground. What also nice is that you are walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Springdale so if you don't feel like cooking, you've got plenty of choices!
The campground does offer some semi-shady spots but note, sites are very close together.
RV Sites - Full Hook-ups, 50 amp
RV Sites - Full-Hook-ups, 30 amp
Note they charge for extra people 4-years and older. See website for current pricing
Digital Cable TV
What's not to say about Zion? It is a beautiful park located in the southern portion of Utah. There is countless opportunities for adventure for all ages. Note that Zion National Park does use a free shuttle bus system during peak seasons. This may be a bit cumbersome for those traveling with strollers. There are hikes that are flat and paved which are great choices for the newly walking or strollers as well.
There are two campgrounds in Zion Canyon (here the attractions) and there is another called Lava Point Campground located about 1-hour away from Zion Canyon. They do offer reservations at Watchman campground, however, not for "day-of." We arrived in the evening and it was full. Website advises that "...all campgrounds are often full by noon on weekdays and in the morning on weekends. From mid-March through November the campgrounds are full almost every night." We stayed at Zion Canyon Campground (Directory listing available). Note too that many campsites offer little to no shade and it is very warm in the summer.
Note: Only 95 camping spots offer electric - there are no full hook-up sites!
Riverside Walk runs along the Virgin River - it's flat and paved!
Weeping Rock - my favorite from childhood - brief ascent to a overhand of a rock that weeps water over verdant ferns
Emerald Pools - Another childhood favorite where you hike to a few emerald green pools. Slight ascent but easy
Red Rocks Grill at Zion Lodge - Open for for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We decided to skip the picnic on this trip and just eat lunch at the lodge. Troy and I had eaten here before out on the terrace, however, it was closed on this day because of a wasp nest. They do offer a kids menu and the food is good although a little expensive.
Other activities: Have lunch at the Lodge, horseback riding (age limits apply), and Junior Ranger program (age limits apply)