The first day here we swam and did some tubing down a small stretch of the river that runs through the campground. I was excited to get into some of the hiking trails so the next morning I got up and did a hike out of our campground. It was a nice hike, about 4 miles, that gained some in elevation and offered some good views. Von and Vi stayed behind for that one.
Vonnie packed some lunches and I met her and Vi at the park entrance around 11:00 am. We got on a shuttle and headed up as far as it would take us into the canyon. (The shuttles are free and run every 10 minutes!) There are so many hikes to do here, it makes it hard to decide which ones to pick. The shuttle ride up is pretty informative as the guy talks about this and that along the way, drawing attention to specific points of interest. We decided to do a hike up a route called The Narrows. It's a river hike that goes deep back into the canyon.
Violet wasn't excited about doing a hike but once in the water she caught fire and was hard to keep up with. Vonnie and I were not at all prepared to wade miles up a river in, in some places, above the waste deep water. Like idiots, we were packing our cel phones, ipod, etc.... We grabbed a couple of wading sticks and forged ahead.
Words can't describe how awesome this hike was with it's jaw dropping scenery. Like The Grand Canyon, I don't think the photos will do this place justice. You just have to see it for yourself. This canyon gets really narrow with walls jutting up around us hundreds of feet. Super dramatic.
The river speeds through here so it was a task to keep from falling in and soaking all our gear. We were lucky cuz the park just had opened up this part of the canyon the day before. They said the water level was too high and fast to allow the public in. Actually, the top part of this hike is still closed due to high water.
Since there is no banks to climb upon in the case of a flash flood, the signs warn to keep an eye out for sudden storms. We had so much fun on this hike. ( Even Vi was having a great time! ) I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Zion.
It was a long day and we lounged back at camp that evening. I bbq'd a tri tip and we hung out and had some beers with our neighbors. (It was so weird. We met these people on the hike that day then we got back to our camp and saw that they were our next door neighbors!) In bed by 11:30. Great Day!
The trip, into Utah, from Vegas proved uneventful. We had no reservation near Zion so we were crossing our fingers that we would get a site somewhere near the park. We ended up staying at an RV park in Springdale, a stones throw from the Zion park entrance and right on the Virgin River! As a matter of fact, on one of my hikes I walked across the River right into the park. We were so lucky to get in here. They gave us 2 nights and said we may be able to negotiate another night if there is a cancellation. I hope that is the case cuz we're not ready to leave yet. This place is booked solid. The National Park Campground across the way is booked solid months in advance, as well.