We rented a small cabin at the Bear Paw resort on Panguitch Lake. More like a mom and pop place than a resort. They have cabins and RV spots. Walked in to check in and the first thing the guy asked me was why I was carrying a gun. Without a smile on his face and appeared to be very serious. His seriousness caught me off guard and put me on the defense, I said firmly because it was my legal right and for self-defense. He said that I did not need the attitude he just wanted an answer he could tell his other customers as to why he was letting someone on his property with a gun. I told him I did not mean to have the attitude and told him the way he asked caught me off guard. It quickly turned into a friendly conversation as he checked my wife and I in. Turns out he is the owner and I said though I have a legal right to carry I do realize I am on private property and realize the owner sets the property rules. He thanked me for respecting that and preceded telling us the few basic rules and hours of their restaurant. I thanked him for allow me on his property with the firearm and open carried it most of the time. We were in and out of his little store and restaurant several times he and his staff could not have been friendlier. If you are thinking of fishing or just getting away might want to try Bear Paw. The lake and their docks are across the road from the resort.
On the way, stopped in Las Vegas open carried in Albertsons and while getting Gas. Stopped in Saint Gorge at the Cracker barrel going to and from for lunch and spent about 20 minutes in the store. We were giving a table that put my firearm in line with the main aisle of the entrance to the restaurant section. There was a separate table across from us where the manager was sitting. A tall young waiter was waiting on us kind of did what I will say crouched down to my sitting level to take our order, he was not much more than a foot away from my firearm and could care less, as with all the rest of the employees. If you are in Saint Gorge hungry, conceder the open carry friendly Cracker Barrel. Their campfire beef is good stuff. We stopped in Cedar City for gas and a cold drink at the 66 station also no problem. Also stopped in Brian Head and Parowan during our trip. No problems anywhere. I was asked by a guy politely holding the door open to Cracker Barrel what caliber my firearm was.
After receiving my CCW several years ago never thought I would have become as comfortable carrying open as I do concealed. Thanks to opencarry.org and posters.
I am not surprised by the reaction of the owner at the Bear Paw (he was probably carrying himself). A few years ago a young man from Las Vegas entered Tracy Armstrong's office (a realtor) at the south end of Panguitch Lake. The young man, who was hopped up on drugs, shot Mr. Armstrong confining him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The people at Panguitch Lake are understandably skittish about people with Nevada plates carrying guns into their businesses.
I personally know Tracy Armstrong (my family bought a cabin from him years ago) and he is a great guy whose life was changed forever by some young punk. If anybody ever needs a great realtor in the Panguitch Lake area you should give him a call.
As a side note... I was listening to the scanner when the shooting incident occurred. There was a report of a shirtless man carrying a gun. It turned out the first suspect they were chasing was a legal open-carrier.