Southern Utah Day 3: Gucamole Mesa 

Santa Clara Trails
Mike McGuire

In the shadow of Zion

Coffee and treats were the order of the morning today. River Rock Roasting Company - La Verkin, Utah sits up against the canyon in La Verkin with a great view and tasty baked goods.
A little caffeine later we rolled toward our next Mesa.
Otherworldly and magical, this plateau is butted up against Zion National Park high above Virgin, Utah.
Heading into the trail we startled a Desert Hare standing a full 3 feet high who bounded ahead of us for 30 yards before leaping sideways over a rock and into memory.
The clouds overhead cast shadows done on us as we circuited Salt on the Rim trail around into the petrified forest and down into the slickrock.
Strangely there was no wind today and we pushed the pace a little to the high point before pumping and jumping back towards the trucks.
It’s hard to capture the grandeur of this place. Photos simply don’t capture the 360 degrees of ever changing beauty.
Heading back into town we stopped at Over The Edge Sports - Hurricane, Utah to touch base with old fiends and see their new shop out back.
From our home base we managed to just eke out a sunset beer on Rszor Ridge before burgers and sleep.

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