We left Panguitch and headed south on Highway 89 passing spectacular scenery on our way to Kanab. There are places that are reminiscent of Bryce Canyon, probably because it is in the same area.
It wasn’t long before we were in Kanab known at the Greatest Earth on Show!
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument sits in southern Utah and is over 1,000,000 acres with spectacular scenery where numerous dinosaur fossils have been discovered. The monument was established in 1996 at originally 1.8 million acres and ever since then it has been a point of controversy in political terms both by the federal government and by the state of Utah. Grand Staircase is the first national monument to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) instead of the National Park Service. There are numerous trailheads along the main highway. The monument consists of slot canyons, natural bridges, a petrified forest, trail roads, and nearby state parks.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is over 1,000,000 acres around Lake Powell in southern Utah and northern Arizona. It covers hundreds of miles and is absolutely breathtaking!
Cameron, Arizona is along Highway 89 at the crossroads to Hwy 64 to the Grand Canyon. It is a great place to stop for a break, to eat, and/or to shop. There is a trading post there, a motel, art gallery, restaurant, and lots of shopping.
On to Sunset Crater National Monument to Bonito Campground. It’s a first come first serve dry camping campground with no dump. We were hoping we could snag a site and NO problem!! It is summer time and hot, hot, hot in most places so we wanted to be at a high elevation in the pine trees. It worked perfectly!
Campground: Bonito Campground
Location: Just north of Flagstaff at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Cost: $12.50 (that includes the 50% off with the Interagency Pass)
Services: dry camp
Comments: One of our favorite campgrounds, large private sites (most of them), with tall pine trees, a high elevation, and nice and quiet.