We were headed into Southern Utah to explore Zion National Park amongst other things when we came across an amazing State Park Campground called Sand Hollow. It was just getting dark when we arrived. When we got there all of the sites were taken, but the ranger told us we could camp anywhere on the beach for the night. That sounded like a great boondocking spot to us. As we began to look for a spot, it was rapidly getting dark. We were also reluctant to pull the RV onto the sand, as we didn’t want to get stuck. However, because we saw other RVs parked on the sand in the distance, it seemed like it might be fine. So, we tried it. Big mistake. The second we pulled onto the sand, the RV instantly sank. And now, it was completely dark. We tried using our leveling blocks and car mats to get it out, but nothing was working. We were also using the car headlights to see what we were doing, so shortly after, I was saying, “Chris. I’ve got more good news for you. The car battery is dead now.”
So, we decided that the best thing to do was put our chairs in the sand, pour a couple of cocktails and chill while waiting for roadside assistance, which thank God we had. So, we sat there and enjoyed the stars with our drinks while we waited. Besides, the alternative of getting all upset wasn’t going to help anything. Roadside assistance was, thankfully, able to get us out. After that, we found a great pullout spot on the edge of the beach sand that fit our RV perfectly. We built a fire in the sand and played music all night. That night was one of the best ones we’ve ever had.
The next morning, we woke up surrounded by beauty. In these parts of Southern Utah, you’re in a world that is a whole different color. We were surrounded by beautiful, vibrant red sand on the water. After we moved the RV to a campsite with water and power, we made a plant-based scramble, some coffee, and headed out for our first hike. We drove to Snow Canyon State Park, which had a trail that led to some ancient petroglyphs. The only people we saw were exiting the trail where we entered. After that, we had the entire trail and the petroglyphs to ourselves for the remainder of the hike. The petroglyphs were in a stunning slot canyon and were an incredible thing to see.
After that, we returned to Sand Hollow to enjoy the first of many stunning sunsets over the red earth that would transform the lake into rich shades of pink and purple. We made dinner, then built another fire in the huge, amazing fire pit at our site. We were definitely loving this new way we were spending our evenings, since starting the RV lifestyle. And, Zion was up next.