Adventure Time: Duck Creek, Utah

Hey guys! This summer has been rough! My husband and I have both been taking classes all this summer so there hasn’t been a lot of time for fun activities. My classes started today but I thought I’d write a post about our last weekend of freedom!

My favorite campsite!

My husband and I love camping! We go as often as possible! We own a four door Jeep Wrangler so it makes camping a breeze! No tent needed! We just put down the seats!

Our favorite place to camp is Duck Creek in Utah. It’s only about a three hour drive from Vegas. I know to some of my European friends that sounds like quite a drive but I live in the states and everything is spread out!

The desert is beautiful in it’s own way.

The drive is boring at first; the desert landscape doesn’t change much. Although there are some beautiful cliffs and a (sometimes) raging river along the way.

The scenery suddenly changes to a lush forest!

Once you leave Cedar City, however, is when the scenic drive begins. The 40 minute winding upward climb into the mountains is filled with pine covered cliffs!

The sun peaks through the trees at our campsite.

Duck Creek is located in Dixie National Forest, which is a whopping two millions acres in Southern Utah. I adore this forest! It’s a mountainous region covered with pines in most areas. I love pines! I really just love trees! You don’t know how much you miss trees until you’ve lived in the desert for over five years…

We stopped by the Visitor Center for some brochures and maps!

There are so many things to do in and around Dixie National Forest! Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Brian Head are close by! That means plenty of hiking, scenic drives and, during the right season, skiing.

We usually camp at Duck Creek and then venture over to Zion for some hiking but this trip we decided to use for rest and relaxation!

We arrived at Duck Creek in the afternoon and set up the Jeep. Like I mentioned earlier, we put down the seats to make room for our bed! We purchased a foam mattress to set in the back of the Jeep and a mattress pad to put on top. You know, just to make sure we have enough cushion. Then we layer sleeping bags on top for even more added comfort! I forgot the pillows this trip (whoops!) but it was still incredibly comfortable!

Our makeshift bed in the Jeep! It isn’t pretty but it sure is comfy!

Honestly, once we set up the bed we just lied there with all of the doors open taking in the cool breeze. There is zero service up there, which is amazing! I love unplugging and being away from the world! I’ve been reading Anna Karenina so I settled in to kill a few chapters.

Look at all that green!

We did decide to go for a walk later in the afternoon and I got us lost in some tall grass trying to find a lake. My husband kept saying that one of us would get bitten by a snake and that’d be the end of our vacation. I didn’t even see any snakes. It was fine.

After our walk my husband wanted to go for a drive to explore the area. What he really wanted to do was go off-roading. We did find an off-road area by Panguitch Lake so my husband had a blast!

Campfires are the best!

The night was cold at about 50 degrees! I know, I know, it’s not really that cold but remember I’m coming from Vegas and it hasn’t been below 100 degrees all summer! We cooked hot dogs and s’mores (of course) over the fire. Cooking over the fire is one of my favorite things about camping!

After we ate, we stargazed until the fire slowly died out. It’s amazing how many stars you can see when you’re far away from civilization! If it hadn’t been so cold I could have slept outside under the stars. Eh, maybe that’s a lie. The Jeep is too comfortable to pass up!

An afternoon spent in the woods is well spent indeed.

When we awoke in the morning we realized a doe and her two fawns were hanging out around the Jeep. It was peaceful and beautiful watching them graze about the campsite!

We spent the rest of the day relaxing until we had to make the drive back to Vegas. Besides me forgetting the pillows, it was a successful camping trip!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments where your favorite campsite is!

~Ash

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