Kids Travel and Camping

Easter in the San Rafael Swell

Each spring we camp in the San Rafael Swell in Utah. (About 25 miles from the Hanksville exit off I-70. Near Goblin Valley.) This year our trip happened to fall on Easter weekend. So we brought Easter to the Swell!

San Rafael Swell, Utah

We started the trip with a day of four wheeling on the Devil’s Racetrack and Eva Conover trail. The kids rode with grandma and grandpa in the Jeep and Ben and I rode on the KTM.

San Rafael Swell, Utah

It was a long day, as we rode 32 plus miles on the trails. I am so thankful Ben is a skillful driver and rider. We had some challenging sand washes and rocky ground that we rode through.

San Rafael Swell, Utah

The day was windy, but otherwise the weather was perfect. We had beautiful views of southeast Utah along the way. Lots of pinnacles, canyons, spires, buttes, and some arches.

One of the unique things about camping in the Swell are the rocks. There are a few campsites, like ours, where you can camp on the rock. Ben was passing some time doing tricks on the rock on his motorcycle. You can hike on these rocks and they take you quite a ways back.

Our camp is also right above the creek bed which we enjoy hiking. It’s a perfect place for the kids to play in the fine sand. We love walking up the creek bed looking at all the rocks. There are so many different colors, shapes, textures, and sizes. If you look carefully walking through the creek bed, you can actually find some seashells and petrified wood from thousands of years ago when this area was at sea level. A fast flood ran through this area last fall. It was interesting to see how it changed the creek bed from the years before. Collin is a good hiker!

San Rafael Swell, Utah

After dinner one evening, we did an Easter egg hunt outside. We decided to wait to do it until it was darker out. I’m glad we did. It was so much fun! The kids loved it. The trail lead to a basket of Easter goodies! (Sand toys!)

San Rafael Swell, Utah

The rock looked very neat with a trail of lit up eggs on it. Collin thought it was so fun we had to have a few egg hunts. We got our Easter egg hunt done just in time. The wind picked up and sand was whipping around. Then it was gone and done as fast as it had started. It’s not the Swell in the spring without some wind.

He found all the eggs! It was fun to do something special to celebrate Easter while camping. We hope to celebrate more holidays camping in the future!

Happy Trails….