More fun on bikes this weekend in the million acres of the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument. This time we drove the 30 miles south from St George to the border of the park and started riding from there.
We also took overnight gear.
This was my first bike-packing adventure. I’m not sure how much I like riding with all that extra weight on my bike and back. It was hard work…
The route went down Jump Canyon to start
There were more flowers in Jump Canyon than I have ever, ever, ever seen in one place in my entire life.
We had to stop every minute or so for closer looksies and pics.
The entire canyon glowed orange. It was heady and mesmerizing. I felt almost stoned riding along rubbernecking around at the flowers and views.
Next we headed up Hidden Canyon but the turn off down to Pakoon Basin looked very attractive – what is around that corner? Must go back… Pakoon Basin – maybe there was a bazaar down there? Who made up these names?
Fields of yellow flowers.
Is this a turban? Maybe lots of these down in Pakoon Basin?
Hidden Canyon climb goes up about 3,000 rubbly feet in 8 miles.
Hidden Canyon Rim looking down towards Lake Mead and along and up to Snap Point in the hazy distance. The end destination was to be Snap Point but we fell waaaay short of there. Must go back….
Giddy pink flower love…