Hello my friends! As promised, I will continue sharing about my most-awesome Utah adventure with my family. For everyone dealing with heat, you can cool off with this one. We continued heading west of Panguitch on 143 and then turned north on 143, climbing in elevation.
Dad had been to Brian Head Ski Resort BK (before Kuma…that’s me!) to ski with friends in the winter, but mom had never been. I’m always up for something new, and high elevation always mean cooler weather.
Before we got to town, dad saw a sign for Brian Head Mountain on the left and took that dirt road. It’s only about six miles, but you’ll need to go slow. You don’t need a special high-clearance vehicle for it, but your car will get dusty. It’s free and it has plenty of parking at the top.
The clouds were rolling in and the wind kicking up. Some rain drops even came down! Mom and dad had to put another layer on, but I was ready to go. I’m always in a fur coat! Brian Head Mountain sits at 9,800 feet, and if you aren’t used to altitude, take it slow. Also be sure to hydrate even if it isn’t hot.
When you get to the top there isn’t much other than a covered area; however, the views are spectacular! You can see for miles and miles in every direction of all the red and white rock. We walked around the top to enjoy all the views and take some pictures. Be careful near the edges, especially with the wind. A little human or dog could get blown off! I’m a seasoned professional mountain dog…and mom didn’t let me get too close.
The wind was getting stronger, so it was time for us to head down. Brian Head ski resort isn’t much further once you get down the dirt road. It was about lunch time, so we thought we’d catch a meal here.
Obviously, there wasn’t any snow since it is summer, but that ski resort was busy! Instead of skiers going up the mountain, mountain bikers were taking the ski lift in order to ride their bike down. We watched as they zoomed down at Mach speed. Tickets are required, so check online https://www.brianhead.com/ if that interests you.
Unfortunately, the Last Chair Saloon was closed until dinner time. Our only option was The Grill that had a very long line or to pick up some to-go boxes, which we did. Dad got a wrap, and mom got a salad. She shared her chicken with me. We sat on the deck in shade and continued to be in awe of the mountain bikers. Definitely not my thing but neat that they offer it as a summer option. Smart to make use of their mountain!
Instead of heading back on the 143, we got on I-15 south toward Cedar City and took the 14 to Duck Creek Village. We met some folks who said they lived here and thought we’d check it out. It’s a very rural community, and during the drive, we went past Navajo Lake. It is much bigger than Panguitch Lake and was packed. We did a drive through and decided to keep going. It does have camping available as well as some cabins right on the lake. For more on Navajo Lake click https://visitcedarcity.com/5-things-to-do-at-navajo-lake/
Going through Duck Creek Village meant we headed north on 89 to get back to Panguitch. The sun was getting low, and we had put on some miles. We were definitely ready to rest for a few minutes. Okay, I rested and mom and dad showered.
It seemed like minutes, and we were back in the car to find a place for dinner. Since the town of Panguitch only has four or five places, it wasn’t hard to narrow it down. We ended up at the Cowboy Smokehouse Grill. It was nice and cool, so I was happy to stay put in my bed. They parked right in front and sat where they could see me.
Mom had one of the best burgers of her life and saved some for me. They did not let me have even a lick of their blackberry cobbler with ice cream, though. They snarfed it up! Everything is homemade and high quality. The Cowboy Smokehouse Grill is family owned, and they couldn’t be any nicer. Service with a smile and conversation.
I barely remember walking up the stairs to our room because I just zonked out. It was truly a fun-filled day. Even though the Days Inn is in need of updating and repair, the AC worked wonders. We slept soundly.
Next week, we’ll head East of Panguitch; stay tuned to hear more! As always, I am happy to answer any questions you might have about my adventures. What a heat wave going on…stay hydrated and indoors my friends!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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