4 Days in Zion National Park, Utah

Monday, August 29, 2016

This past July, I was lucky enough to spend four days exploring Zion National Park. It's one of the most-visited national parks for a reason; it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever laid eyes on.  The park itself is beautifully maintained, and has easy access to Springdale, the town just outside of the park, via free city bus. Zion also has a free-to-visitors internal bus system that takes passengers up and down the road through Zion Canyon. The buses are used to keep in-park traffic to a minimum, so everyone can do what they came to do: enjoy nature. No private vehicles are allowed past a certain point on the road in Zion Canyon. I.E., you have to take the bus. But it's awesome! And you can look out the window in awe without worrying about accidentally driving over a cliff.

We camped on the river and climbed the park's most famous hike, The Narrows, which you must hike up the Virgin River. In the cold water. Against the current. And yes, you do need a walking stick as much as everyone says you do. Don't worry too much, this hike is choose-your-own-adventure style: you can turn back at any point you get tired, there's not really a stopping point, unless you plan on staying overnight (and you need a special permit to do that). Plus, the cold water feels so nice in the dry heat.

Because of soaring temperatures (100+ degrees-Fahrenheit), we skipped Angel's Landing on this trip.  We did the Emerald Pools hike (quite easy and highly recommend it if you're after some shade) and rode horses that day instead. The next time I visit Zion, I hope to make it to the top of Angel's Landing as well as explore the Kolob Canyons section of the park.



































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