Day 12 – Travel as I Have Envisioned It Could Be.
This is will be the last mention of hoodoos or sand pipes or photographs of red-clay colored vistas. We are headed to the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons and Yellowstone, where wild things live and hot springs are really hot!
Leaving Bryce, however, we stopped at the visitor center for Red Canyon for photos and a few souvenirs. Red Canyon has many features similar to Bryce Canyon, including several impressive hoodoos visible from the highway. I took this opportunity to test my new Tamron 70-300 zoom lens. The three test photos were taken from the parking lot in front of the visitor’s center. After this brief stop (and a few more souvenirs) we were on our way.
US 89 winds through arches carved through fins of “red sandstone,” and past the hoodoos of Red Canyon. We followed US 89 and transitioned to I-15 northward toward Salt Lake City, then northeastward via I-80 into Wyoming. Looking at printed maps, it was difficult to determine the best route, so we left the decision to Tom-Tom. The navigator’s route took us east of the Utah-Wyoming border to US 189. toward the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.
We left the Interstate and turned north. Route 189 runs across broad valleys of open pasture land, surrounded by distant mountains, providing vistas that stretched to a disappearing horizon in one direction, and rimmed by blue-green, or occasional snow-topped, mountains in another. It also provided occasional sightings of pronghorn antelope and mule deer. It took us about seven hours to reach Kemmerer, Wyoming.
Again, we had no specific destination or designated place to stay either along the route or near Yellowstone. We made a fuel stop in the little town of Kemmerer, Wyoming. The very helpful cashier at the gas station helped us find Riverside Campground, just north of town.
The campground had very nice, pave sites, both pull through and back in, with full services (electricity, water, sewer, and cable TV (WIFI available for an additional charge). Riverside is best suited for campers that are self-sufficient—there are no amenities such as a bathhouse, camp store, or laundry.
In the evening, we spent some time researching possible campgrounds from which to launch our visits to both the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. We located Fireside Campground, in Moran, Wyoming. It was only five miles from the entrance to both the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.
Riverside Campground, Kemmerer, Wyoming
Address: 216 Spinel St, Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone: (307) 877-3416
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