In Southern Utah there is a little place just off I15 called Red Cliffs Recreation Area. There is a picnic area in the valley with a stream running through it. It is surrounded by towering red sandstone cliffs and canyons (hence the name “Red Cliffs”). Don’t be fooled by the red rocks and sunny weather though… it can still get pretty cold there in the winter time. Just beyond the red rocks hidden from view are huge towering snow covered mountains. The steam that runs through the canyon comes straight from those mountains and is very cold!
It’s great to visit when it’s warm enough to swim but it has become so popular that you have to fight the crowds. That is why my sister decided to go there on President’s Day. It is warm enough to hike and play but cool enough that the place isn’t bursting at the seams with people. Last year she and some others went and ended up jumping in the water at the sandstone pools in the canyon despite the cold temperatures. It has now become an annual event/challenge! This year the sun was up but the temperatures were not quite as warm as we had hoped. The air temperature was around 46º F and I don’t even want to know what the water temperature was! Although it was cold, it was still fun. I’ll go next year and plunge again!
With everyone jumping in I had to capture it on video It can be seen by following the link below: Enjoy! :) http://vimeo.com/20305079