Las Vegas airport made things quick and easy as usual and soon we were at Dollar Rental picking out our SUV. Unfortunately, all of the Jeeps were gone and we settled on a Chevy Captiva. On the way out of Las Vegas, we discovered the Captiva had no AWD. Didn’t think an SUV was an SUV without 4WD, but oh well…
After a “scenic” drive up Dean Martin Hwy, finally got onto I-15N after picking up bottles of water and Subway sandwiches. We blasted through the desert making good time and stopped at the Walmart in Hurricane. We purchased propane cylinders for the stove and lantern we had packed, more water of course, and two $10 fold up chairs for camping – missed them on our last trip out here in 2007. As we loaded our coolers (we brought 2 along...one as Peter's loaded carry-on and the other actually fit in our large suitcase)in the asphalt parking lot, it was 104 incredible degrees – unbelievably hot to us. We gratefully hopped back into our air conditioned Captiva and headed for Springdale.