We drove through a part of Arizona today that is most unusual. It is a small 29 miles remote part of Arizona called the Arizona Strip. It is known for its scenic passage through the Virgin River Gorge.
The highway heads in a northeasterly direction from the Nevada border northeast of Mesquite, Nevada, to the Utah border southwest of St. George, Utah. The Virgin River Gorge, located between St. George, Utah, and Beaver Dam, Arizona, is a long canyon that has been carved out by the Virgin River in northwest Arizona. The Virgin River rises on the Colorado Plateau and created the topography of both Zion National Park and the Virgin River Gorge. The Gorge connects the southwestern rim of the Colorado Plateau and the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert.
Interstate 15 runs through the canyon and crosses the Virgin River several times. The Virgin River Gorge section of Interstate 15 is one of the most expensive parts of interstate highway ever constructed. Due to the winding of the canyon, the highway within is also noted for its tricky driving conditions. Jerry and I were saying “WOW” around every corner of the drive. It was absolutely beautiful and we highly recommend this scenic beauty to all our readers. Check back later for more from our drive to Colorado.