A December 2005 trip
to Denver by ArnyZona
Quote: During the last 4 years, we've made several trips through the Southwest USA. The scenery never fails to amaze us. But there are some hidden treasures too. Like beautiful car wrecks....
Located in Bluff's Historic District, The Decker House Inn Bed and Breakfast features 5 rooms, plentiful porches and outside sitting areas, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning vistas.
The owners are very, very friendly and you feel part of the family the moment you set foot in this place! We spend some quality time with the owner and another guest in the cosy living room, discussing politics, culture, and travel experiences.
All rooms have private entrances, private baths, modern plumbing, heating and cooling, private baths, refrigerators, coffee pots and even a TV with DVD player. In the living room, they have an excellent (arthouse) film collection you can lent for free! There is a common kitchen for guests to use, as well as a common sitting room for reading, playing games, eating meals, and researching the area. The Decker House Inn is listed on the National Historic Register and the Utah Register of Historic Places.
The little village off Bluff is great for evening walks and has some nice, historic atmosphere.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2005
Decker House Inn
189 N 3rd East
Bluff is located just north of Monument Valley, and it is the ideal basecamp for exploring sights as Natural Bridges, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, and do some serious kayaking and rafting on the San Juan River. The little town is almost deserted, but you will easy find some friendly locals to guide you to the highlights of the surrounding country.
The little village of Bluff was once founded by the Hole In Rock mormon pioneers, they blasted their way through the mountains near Escalante, crossed Glenn Canyon (nowadays Lake Powel) and settled down in this little green oasis of the desert called Bluff. Its setting is stunningly, from the red-rock pinnacles known as the Navajo twins to the cottonwoods that line the San Juan Rivert. Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs can be found along Highway 163. The town also has a couple of nice restaurants, but don't expect gourmet food!
Escalante is the gateway to several southwestern highlight that are of the typical beaten path. First of all, you are only 10 minutes away from the "hole in rock road". A gravelroad that leads to numerous slotcanyons, spectacular rockformations (Devils Garden) and great hiking tracks. The little town of Escalante itself is not that spectacular, only a few people live here and most of the town is a "ghost town". And that's where the (photographic) fun starts. Just get out your camera during golden hour and start shooting. The town is full of old barns, houses, and businesses that went broke.
It is also a a very dull town with no nightlife at all, but the wilderness that stretches away in every direction makes up for that. And since there are only two or three restaurants and bars, most people sit arountd on the porch at night and are willing to tell stories and to share a friendly beer!
Attraction | "Grafton Ghosttown"
Grafton is mostly known for the scene from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where Paul Newman rode on a bike with Katherine Ross, accompanied by the Oscar-winning song Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.
It is a bit hard to find, but if you drive west from Springdale (the gateway to Zion National Park), after about 5 minutes, you will reach Rockville. Watch for a road to the left called Bridge Road. And yes, you will pass a historic iron bridge! After the bridge, turn right and follow the road. It will become unpaved, but it is passable for all vehicles. First, you'll see the old cemetery to the left, but drive past it until the road ends. Then you will be in al little orchard with apple trees, a small church, and some more old buildings.
It was recently (2004) renovated, so most of the buildings look in good condition. Actually, the complete town is only four buildings and some little barns. And you will be disappointed if you are not a big fan of the movie. You cannot walk into the orchard or the buildings, which is a pity. But there is some information about the original people who used to live here, and the scenery is of course wonderfull!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 22, 2005
Grafton Ghost Town
Zion National Park
Attraction | "Bodie"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2005
Bodie State Historic Park-Gold Rush Ghost Town
Bridgeport, California 93517
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2005