Zion National Park

Trip Start Aug 28, 2010
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

We had heard from various people on our Yosemite hippy bus trip that Zion was a good and far less touristy alternative to Grand Canyon. So, not wanting to follow the tourist route, we went with the advice from our chums and headed from St George to Zion National Park in Utah, which was a easy hour or so drive. We arrived at the base of the park and went into the small visitor center to see what hike we wanted to do. It was still hot, and near the middle of the day, so we opted for a 2 hour hike to three emerald pools up in amongst the red Navajo sandstone mountains...one upper, one middle and you guessed it, upper pools. As we rose up into the mountain from valley floor level, we could see why everybody was raving about this park....wow, a perfect mix of the red rock and lush green vegetation that is fed by the Virgin River. It felt like what paradise might look like!? We scrambled over rocks and sand and made our way up to all three pools. The first was beneath a crazy lip that looked like a massive red wave ....all three pools and the hikes to them were spectacular, We even hooked up with a few lizards on the way up. We followed a different track on the way back down to the valley and this path was a little more challenging, with sheer drops on one side....but the paths were still decent, so we made it down after gauping at more amazing views!

We were told that we should also do the drive through the park and take the Zion mount highway and through the famous Zion Mount Carmel Tunnel, which was narrow, dark and was over a mile long. On the other side was more spectacular scenery. We then started to see the landscape change again after an hour or so....we were in true wild west country!! We passed by Kanab which is a famous area for western movie filming with films such as The Lone Ranger and Stagecoach amongst others..........amazing landscapes and nothing for miles and miles! What a beautiful place! We made our way through more crazy scenery and then to our stop for the night near Lake Powell which is 186 miles long!!! The landscape out here is just mind boggling and like nothing we are used to back in the UK!! .......
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Estia on

That looks truly magical, something spellbinding about it, guess there's a whole lot of space for your own thoughts. xxxx love this place xxxx

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