Virgin River Gorge - Arizona
Following I-15 into Arizona has to be one of my favorite places in the United States to drive. The interstate travels for about 27 miles through Arizona and has some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States.
When entering the Gorge from the south it appears as if we are going to run into a solid wall of rock, as the road is not visible. As we get closer the road becomes visible cutting through the rock and we are quickly immersed in the twists and turns of the gorge.
The layers of the rock that have been shifted upwards and are visible show how violent this area must have been at one time. There is not a lot of vegetation in the area and we are always surprised when we see Big Horn sheep beside the interstate.
This portion of I-15 was completed in 1972 with an approximate cost of $100.00 an inch. This was the most expensive portion of our interstate system till the Big Dig in Boston took the honor. Arizona reportedly did not want the interstate to go through this section of the gorge and wanted the road two miles to the north due to the costs. The Federal Highway Administration over-rode Arizona, as they wanted the highway through this scenic area for tourists to see.
The sights are amazing and we will continue to look forward to loads that take us through this corner of Arizona.