Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Day tripper"

Even though we are only half way through our two week stay here at Lone Rock we have been going back and forth about where we will head next.  Ever since we stopped by Goosenecks State Park in April of last year and saw that we could camp there free for up to 2 weeks I have wanted to go back.  Until recently that was the plan, then TLE began to suggest we may want to explore boondocking options up in the Kanab, UT area.

We left home base about 10:30 (actually 11:30 Utah time) and just as last year, we thoroughly enjoyed the 60+ mile drive northwest to Kanab.  This small town is sort of a 'jumping off' point for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef, and Bryce National Park as you can see from the map above.  Our sole purpose this day was to check out two possible BLM sites where we might 'boondock' for a couple of weeks while we did some site seeing of these well known National Parks.

The first, and preferred BLM area we checked out was Ponderosa Campground located right on the northern edge of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park about 14 miles northwest of Kanab.

We arrived on the eastern outskirts of Kanab around 11:30  (Arizona Standard Time) and continued right on through two to northbound HWY 89.  Seven miles later we turned off on Hancock Road for another 7.4 miles on a nicely paved road to the campground. Regrettably the information on the BLM site did not specify that the campground was not compatible with any RV over 22'.....:-(  As we drove through the campground it was very obvious the sign was not exagerating.That's too bad, because I could have seen us spending 2 weeks there.  Nevertheless, the drive in was very scenic.

We were back in Kanab by 12:45 and decided to stop in at the "Rocking V" for lunch.  Yelp gives them 4.5 stars on over 200 reviews.  I ordered the "Kanab-A-Dabba-Doo" burger and TLE ordered the "Jalapeno Lime Chicken".  We both loved our entrees and the side (black been salad).  The ambiance, food presentation, and service were all worthy of a 4.5 star rating.  It is a little pricey, however.  The burger was $14, and the chicken was $12.....after drinks (ice tea) and tax the total bill was just over $31.  The portions were so large that we each only ate half, and took the remainder home for dinner.  We both enjoyed eating our entrees for the second time around....:-)

The second BLM site we wanted to check out was White House Campground located to the east of Kanab just 2 miles off HWY 89.  Once again, this time before we actually drove the 2 miles in on the dirt road, we saw a sign that said any RV over 22' was not compatible with the facilities, or the road to reach them.  So that is that.  We'll have to do more research for our next foray up to this area, but for now it looks like we'll be heading towards Goosenecks in another week!

Goosenecks State Park

We got home about 2:30 to find that while we were gone our house batteries had once again reached, that's the 3rd time in a week.  We picked up our individual 'shopping lists' and headed into Page......I needed some hardware type stuff, so we stopped off at Page Hardware and Lumber first, but I didn't find what I was looking for, so we headed over to the Walmart to fill TLE's list and I actually found all four items I was looking for at Walmart.....remarkable!

We watched five hours of TV in four hours (Justified, NCIS, Hell's Kitchen, NCIS N.O., and Person of Interest) off our inverter Tuesday night, and when we shut things down (we turn off the inverter when we don't need it) we were at 91%.  Based on our observations the past week I figured we would wake up 8 hours later at 84%....tune in for tomorrow's blog to see what happens!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Al (Bayfield Bunch) recently said Goosenecks now costs $10 per day....not bad, but still not free. :( --Dave (

  2. Next time you're in the Kanab area check out Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They have a huge (over 20,000 acre facility for all animals. Their motto is "Save Them All". They have an interesting tour, and you can volunteer to walk some of the residents. They have some free RV sites for volunteers, and they probably know about some good boondocking sites.

  3. John we drove by the sign at the turnoff....we'll check them out the next time we are there.


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