Nixon Travel's May-June 2012 travel blog







Another great day! We drove over to Zion National Park today. We entered through the east gate on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway, extremely scenic. The is a 1.1 mile tunnel that was built in the 1930's. Large vehicles, RV's and such need a $15.00 permit, they stop traffic and you drive down the middle of the road. My 4-door dually qualifies as large-too wide. After going through twice-$15.00 is cheap. The landscape at Zion is so different than anyplace we have been to. The canyon wall soar to over 2000 feet, but the colored limestone, sandstone, lava rocks and greenery high in the cliff walls create a hanging garden effect. The Virgin River flows through the length of the gorge and really makes a pretty effect. Zion is named appropriately because you feel the sense of a sanctuary. Parked at the visitor center and rode the shuttle through the park. Stopped at all of the picture points, but the last one "Temple of Sinawava" was truly unreal. We took the Riverside Walk trail for a little over 1 mile. You find yourself surrounded by walls that stretch skyward and deer feeding along. We stopped there, but you could continue another 3 miles by walking in the Virgin River and on sandbars to a place called the Narrows where it is only about 20 feet across. Maybe another time!! We got back to the camper, Nixon did great today, so after a little break we rode over to Red Canyon-which is not far from where we are staying. Different, but pretty. Until next time.

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