“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” -John Muir
Last summer I drove from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, where I worked, to Cedar City for coffee. It was an hour and half drive that I did at least once a week. It was less about the need to be coffee shop cruising and more about the need to drive through Cedar Mountain. The drive always seemed to soothe my soul and calm my spirit.
Today I decided to take the long way to Cedar City, driving east through Zion National Park on Highway 9. Another healing drive. Breathtaking. After passing through the park, I drove to Highway 89 where I headed north to Highway 14. This mountain highway connects Highway 89 with Interstate 15 and is a great scenic drive for heading to Las Vegas, Nevada, or even to Bryce Canyon if coming from the west.
On the top of the mountain you will find Zion Overlook and Cedar Breaks National Monument. The late snows this year have shortened spring and summer and now is the time the wildflowers are blooming – weeks after their Wildflower Festival. What I love about Cedar Breaks is that you can find both meadows and hoodoos, which make for beautiful photos. I hope they are still blooming next week when I return!
Today I found myself taking the high road to Zion. Actually, the high road to Cedar City for coffee shop cruising and visiting. Definitely worth the cost of the gas!