Destination: Gooseberry Creek

Gooseberry Creek  Forest Rangers Administration Site

We rented the whole Forest Ranger Administration Site, that is now rented out to groups. It has three sleeping barracks/cabins and one kitchen cabin, a meeting cabin with just chairs in it, and a cabin that is bathroom and showers.

Gooseberry Admin site

I held Cowboy and Outlaw Camp for the kids, so we did lots of activities with that. We divided into two teams and had water guns. One team was the outlaw group, the other were the Sheriff Posse. There are plenty of Hiking Trails.

Cowboys and Outlaws

Top Row shows the big lawn in front of the cabins…Middle Row–They have just discovered gold and are each getting their share allotted out.We herded pigs–the kids drew pig faces on the balloons, and divided into two teams. Each kid had a fly swatter and had to herd them into a corral made of chairs. Balloons are as uncooperative as pigs.

There is the big green area in front for frisbee, etc. It is close to the creek and several lakes and hiking trails.

Grandma's Camp Cowboys and Outlaws1

Top row: Two of my little outlaws–a three year old and five year old. The three year old would not even take his mask off to eat. He stayed in character the whole first day. Middle Row: We are all reading the same book. Our talents show was so cute!

We played games, and read books (we were all reading the same popular book, at the time.)  There is a fire pit with lots of benches around it. We had a talent show near the fire after the sun went down. The kids came up with cute and funny things.

To rent the whole place is $300/night which is a fabulous deal because it has 50 beds. Cabins are rustic with lots of beds in each one. There are three barrack cabins. But plenty of space for tents and trailers. You have to bring your sleeping bags–no bedding.

Destination: Duck Creek

Duck Creek Village and Cedar Mountain

We rented a 6 bedroom cabin and stayed at Duck Creek Village. Fishing, hiking, mountain atmosphere!

Family Trip Duck Creek1

Top L-Skating in the Ice Cave; R-Fishing in a lake; Middle L- Trail to Crystal Falls; R-Crystal Falls; Bottom L and R–Evening Family Entertainment, playing a tune on desk bells, and dancing queens.

While at Duck Creek we took some side trips. There is an Ice Cave nearby, on Cedar Mountain, and a Bristle Cone Pine Trail–Bristle Cone Pines are thought to be one of the oldest living things on the earth, some of them are 5,000 years old! Navajo Lake was close by and good fishing. Crystal Falls is a really great hike!  We traveled from Cedar City up Cedar Mountain, past Navajo Lake to Duck Creek. The side trips were in that same area.

You can rent a cabin 3-6 bedrooms for $175-350/night. See the link at the top of this post. Sometimes cabins have a two or three day minimum stay. This in between Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument just 42 miles away.

 

Destination: Bryce Canyon

Ruby’s Inn Campground at Bryce Canyon

We planned our reunion for Bryce Canyon, and because of our grandchildren, we thought it would be fun to stay in Tipis. They rent for $35-53.00/night depending on how many people–2-8. The cabins rent for $52-65/night. There is a restroom/shower building and also an indoor pool that is available to campers.Family Trip--Bryce Canyon  We participated in the wagon ride and chuck wagon dinner one evening. We went on several gorgeous hikes! I think Bryce has the most unusual formations of any of the National Parks. It is a fun place to explore, and tipis made the trip all the more enchanting.

Destination: Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

We stayed in Torrey at the Cowboy Homestead Cabins. They are each $89.00. They have a kitchenette and bathroom and bed–cute cabins and fabulous view! This is the best deal because they are off the main road, a little outside of town. There is an irrigation ditch that runs next to the property. My city grand kids never got out of the ditch unless we left to go somewhere (top middle).

Family Trip--Torrey Capitol Reef1

We made some side trips the days we were there. We went hiking in Capitol Reef National Park (bottom left). We went to the ghost town of Fruita, where there are orchards with fruit you can pick; an old school house; a gift store; and this old truck (middle row 5, 6). We also drove to Boulder Mountain and hiked and played in the water (bottom center).Each family had their own cabin, but the back yard is large with a lot of room for ball and frisbee games, and outside grills where we cooked together. Across the fence in the back yard is a horse pasture (top right). We want to revisit this destination and stay in these same cabins!