Rich and Cindy Western National Park Tour travel blog

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Swamp in the Desert


Zion National Park was one of the highlights we were looking forward to on this trip. There were some great things and some not so great.

The park is made up of two primary roads. The east to west road is about 14 miles long with the two mile Mount Carmel Tunnel on the east end. The west end is called the Switchbacks which is a real pretty mountain pass area. The north and south route is about 9 miles long and is called the Scenic Drive. Again, there are very pretty mountain visas but it is very hard to see them.

Zion has become so popular that it has become very hard to see unless you are a serious hiker. The Scenic Drive is limited to park tour buses only, and they have a very restricted schedule. In order to get a bus pass, you have to go online to recreation.gov months in advance. They give you a one hour window to board the bus. We didn't know about this in advance. Other than that, you can go online one day in advance and try to get a last minute pass. We got lucky and got one. The bus passes are $1.00. Yes, one dollar. If you aren't lucky enough to get one, you can pay $30.00 per person and get a contracted bus pass, that makes two stops. It's a real joke. The town of Springdale, at the gate of the park, has become so commercialized it is ridiculous. It costs you $15 to $20 just to park your car, and the parks parking lots are full by about 8:30 a.m. Basically the crowd of tourists has outgrown the park. To top it off, they had a lot of the park closed because of the virus issues. I'm glad we went there but probably won't be going back.

Daytime temps are about 105 during the day, but it's a dry heat. Vegas is our next stop which looks a little hotter.

ABS sensor light is on in the coach so we will be back to the dealership in Vegas. Anyone what to buy an RV cheap?????

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