Wednesday, October 14
“Reggie! Come to the window! I think you’re gonna’ wanna’ see this!”
Bridget, Reggie, and I leave camp this morning on an excursion to investigate the area known as Pine Valley, Utah.
There’s Pine Valley the town (first photo), Pine Valley the mountains (second photo), and Pine Valley the “recreation area. “
From our camp at Baker Dam Reservoir we travel north on Route 18 and turn at the tiny settlement of Central, taking Dixie National Forest Road 035 east toward the mountains.
“Gosh, Reg, they keep comin’! There’s five of them. Are you going to say hello?”
Not his furious, get-outta-here bark. His tentative, hi-there bark.
“Too bad we don’t understand hoof-tapping code. Well, maybe you do, Reg.”
“We’re almost there, Bridge.”
We come to a parking area for the Santa Clara River Walkway.
Reggie races ahead of us, as usual.
He loves it when we walk in new places.
Reggie leads us across the footbridge.
The paving of Santa Clara River Walkway is one of those improvements. I’m very impressed with the walkway. This isn’t a dinky, once-around-the-park walkway. It’s longer than the crew and I can manage. Wheelchair accessible all the way . . .
Bridget is keeping up with us, but she’s panting.
“We’d better go back. We don’t want to turn this fun walk into work!”
There are SIX campgrounds at Pine Valley!
Two are group campgrounds and one is equestrian. They are in topnotch condition with new facilities, picnic tables, fire rings, parking pads, and paved campground loops. Water spigots are available, although now they are turned off for the season.
“Two walks in a row! Pretty nice, huh guys?”
Bridget rides in her car across the dam, while I do the pushing and the ever energetic Reggie scampers about.
It’s a calm, clear, day in the high 70s.
I hope it rises in the spring. I don’t have photos of the campgrounds because we walked enough this morning and the gates block us from driving through.
The elevation is around 6,900 feet which means pleasant, cool temperatures in summer and on this October day.
If you think you may like camping, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, touring, or simply enjoying nature at Pine Valley, click this link for photos, a youtube video, and details.
Bridget and Reggie sleep on the return to camp.
They lift their heads when I stop for photos and then drop them into sleep again.
Here’s a little cabin nestled along the Pine Valley Mountains.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Pine Valley.
I admit I threw it together without too much thought. We have lots to do today in addition to breaking camp and finding a new one. As always on moving day . . . If you don’t hear from us it means we’re in an area lacking internet.
The crew and I have another excursion to show you before we wrap up our stay at Baker Dam Reservoir Campground, north of St. George, Utah. It was the highlight of our visit here!
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