We're hearing weather forecasts for a bit further north that sound more like winter. Some of the places we've been on this trip are beginning to get snow. So, it is time to lower that elevation about 3,000' and get warm. The first time we visited the St. George area, our motor home broke down right after checking in at the campground. We were parked in front of the office and there we stayed. This time things went much better. We drove into the campground and both let out an "ahhh..." This is a park with the "it" factor. We briefly stopped at Sand Hollow State Park on another visit to this area, but it was full and we couldn't stay. This time we've lucked out and will spend six days in a spacious site complete with full utilities enjoying the gorgeous view. While it feels like we are surrounded by nature and we are, it's about ten miles to St. George, a town of 70,000 with all the urban delights that we crave now and again.
We stay at so many different kinds of campgrounds depending on what we're doing and what is available, of course. This campground has the best that state parks can offer. There's lots of elbow room between the sites and we have a picnic table and fire ring we're allowed to use. With all the forest fires around here, having a campfire is not something we take for granted. S'mores are in our future. The site is paved, so we won't track the bright orange sand inside. The site was a pull through, so we did not have to disconnect the car before pulling in.
But when we have plans for long days of sightseeing, a park that's nearby fits the bill. After driving around all day, coming "home"and parking, even if the campground looks more like a parking lot than a state park, is just fine. Once we close the door and pull down the shades, it's hard to remember exactly where we are sometimes. The casino campgrounds have been a great choice more than once on this trip. Since we don't gamble, they are often a good deal, even if we have to pay to connect to water, electricity, and sewer. Camping fees have ranged from $40+ to free.