Next stop on our Utah adventure was Zion National Park! This park, settled over the last 12,000 years by the Anasazi, the Paiute, and European settlers, is Utah’s first national park. The scenery is very different from what we found at Bryce and the Red Canyon. This park is filled with towering cliffs and slot canyons. In order to avoid the traffic problems of the past, transport through the park is either on foot, by bike, or via shuttle bus. Since the buses run very frequently, the driving restriction really isn’t inconvenient.
We really enjoyed the hike to the Emerald Pools, as well as the challenging Angel’s Landing hike. I was a little shocked by the danger of the last half mile of Angel’s Landing and much preferred the hike leading to a higher viewpoint overlooking Angel’s landing. We also enjoyed an interesting introduction to all things condor at the top of the hike – that’s my daughter holding a condor feather. Another great area of the park is Kolob canyon – undeveloped and stunning! Although we didn’t hike it, we heard that the Narrows Trail is definitely worth the effort. The high point of our visit to Zion was a half-day horseback ride through the park. Cowboy Bob made our trip memorable! (photo credit: Zion Rides)