Zion National Park, UT

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
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Trip End Jun 09, 2013


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

After leaving Capitol Reef we headed down towards Zion National Park, calling in at Red Canyon on the way. We passed through here on the way to Bryce Canyon but decided to do the photo stop here on our way back down to Zion. It is only a small canyon but the rocks & hills are strikingly red, although it doesn't come out south in the photos.

We entered Zion National Park from the east side which meant we had to pass through the Zion-Mt Carmel tunnel. It was built in the 1920's when large vehicles were less common & was just over a mile long. When they cut out the rock when the tunnel was built they put small viewing points in, unfortunately you can't stop in the tunnel so only a brief glimpse is caught of the view. We had been told that as we were over the height, that we would need traffic control to go through. Fortunately for us, some buses were going our way & coming through the tunnel so it was one-way only anyway & we didn't have to pay the $15 for traffic control.

The view when you get through the tunnel was amazing & we travelled down the mountain through a number of switchbacks. We had spoken to some Aussies at Canyonlands & they had said that Bryce Canyon was very beautiful but that Zion was amazing & we could certainly understand why. Even though we were there at 2pm the campgrounds were full so decided to have a look at the Visitor Centre & to watch the orientation movie before going in to Hurricane, about 1/2hr away, for the night.

This morning we came back out to the National Park & got a spot in the campground but had to be here by 8- 8.30 to get one, as soon as someone leaves another person takes their place. This has been the busiest park we've been to this trip, just glad we weren't here Memorial Day weekend.

Today we did a couple of walks, got off the shuttle at Zion Lodge & did the Emerald Pools trail to the upper pool, then jumped the shuttle again to the Temple of Sinawava & did the Riverside walk. We did another walk up to Weeping Rock & after returning home decided a drink was in order so caught the shuttle to Springdale & had a bit of a look. This is the town that services the National Park & is only about 1/2 mile from the Visitor Centre but is very spread out. We came back to a bar near the Visitor Centre so we could walk home but were told that because of Utah State Law we had to order food with our drink. Decided we would order something small, but when Ray said that Jack Daniels was calling we were told that if we wanted hard liquor we would have to go back up to Springdale proper to get that. We ended up going home without the drink & will try again tomorrow night.
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Sandy and Tony Allen on

Howdee What an adventure. I have been reading your blog for the last hour and still haven't finished. Very Cool. You must be extremely fit after all those walks in them canyons... Wow makes some of those gorges in Western Australia look a bit insignificant. Hard to imagine how the old cowboys and Indians survived. Keep having fun ...of course you will. xx from NZ

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