We woke to a chilly, but gorgeous sunrise over Lake Powell. While we hated to leave such a beautiful spot, we had a two hour drive to Glendale, UT where we left our rig at a campground and headed out for Zion National Park.
The white, orange, red, gray and other color rock formations begin well before entering Zion, itself.
Once past the park entrance, there are two tunnels, one only a couple of hundred yards long while the other is over a mile in length, after which there is a steep series of switchbacks taking you down to the canyon floor.
Along the way, the scenery continues to get better.
Once in the canyon, we had to exit the park to find a parking place as all the lots were full. We then boarded a shuttle bus (cars, other than those belonging to guests and the Zion Lodge, were prohibited from the 6.2 road into the heart of the accessible section of the park). There are eight stops along the route where you can get off and pick up another shuttle, as they run about every 8-10 minutes. We made three stops and took hiking side trips, one a mile or so further up into the canyon than the end of the road.
I could describe in detail the sights, but I think it makes more sense to simply let you enjoy some of the most SPECTACULAR scenery either Debbie and I have ever seen. I also apologize as the photos still don’t do justice to this scenery.
Cliff climbers are amazing and far braver than us!
Anyone who travels to northern Arizona or southern Utah should take the time to see Zion!
Enroute back to our campground, we found a nice restaurant and then passed a number of local businesses whose signs advertised such things as “Custom Caskets and Cabinet Remodeling” and at the
their street-side marquis read,
Adjacent to our campground, the neighbor raises alpacas and
Miss you all … but having an absolutely fantastic time!