Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Pit Stop in Beaver Dam

This handsome Harley was parked outside the Dam Bar in the tiny hamlet of Beaver Dam, Arizona. This little gem of a rough and tumble community saloon is patronized by colorful friendly locals, as well as a dedicated legion of fans who stop in for a spell whenever they're passing through on nearby Interstate 15. Next door is a gas station/convenience store and across the road is a very small golf course. All in all a very quiet peaceful place.

If you follow the main drag north out of town it will ultimately lead you on into St. George, Utah via the former route (old U.S. 91) which was bypassed in 1972 when Interstate 15 cut a direct path through the Virgin River Gorge. This lightly traveled two-lane highway is very scenic and passes through a dense forest of Joshua trees before crossing over a low pass in the Beaver Dam Mountains and then dropping into the valley of the Santa Clara River leading to St. George. It's about a half-hour longer than taking the interstate through the gorge but is a more relaxed approach to St. George with its views of vast desert valleys and distant snow-capped mountain peaks.

The wild and wonderful Beaver Dam Mountains

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