Southern Utah- A state campground, Zion National Park, and lots of good food
Talk about finding a gem of a campground! We stayed at Sand Hollow State Campground in Hurricane, Utah. (Insert hurricane jokes here!)
Our five night stay was filled with great views of the reservoir, mountains in the backdrop, beach time, a trip to one of the most visited national parks, Zion, and lots of great food!
Sand Hollow State Campground had the LARGEST sites we have ever had. Not only were the site surrounded by natural plants and cacti, we had our own pavilion with new picnic table. This particular campground backed up to miles of BLM land so many people used this campground as a site to depart on their UTVs to explore the red sand dunes. After driving by several other local campgrounds, this park definitely wins for best views! Most campgrounds were just gravel parking lots in the area for a lot more money! We did find the rentals of UTVs and watercraft rather pricey so we opted to stay on land during our stay. We spent an afternoon on the beach with Mello was a perfect way to relax! (Mello slept the following day after her hard day of playing!)
Hurricane, Utah had some great restaurants too! Mountain Mike's Pizza had rave reviews so we had to check it out. This should be the gold standard of pepperoni pizza! Tasty and full of pepperonis! Next door was The Nom Nom Cookies store. Like it's large competitor, Crumbl, they offered a few specialty cookies per day. Vern's favorite was chocolate chip, I loved the s'mores cookie! In addition, we ate out at Pig's Ear American Bistro. It was a great local place with tasty options! (Mello enjoyed some leftovers too.)
I picked Sand Hollow State Campground because it was about 40 minutes away from Zion National Park. We were able to head up to Zion on our last day. This national park deserves more than a one day visit! We'll have to go back. Our day was overcast due to Hurricane Hilary but we were able to use the shuttle to explore the first half of the lower canyon and we braved the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel in our big truck. The views in Zion are breathtaking and we can't wait to head back.
Utah is one most beautiful states we've visited. We will definitely be back!