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Oct 12, 2020 - The Emerald Pools

Springdale, UT We had just missed the first town shuttle, so we decided to walk the mile to Zion Visitor Center. As we neared the park, we realized there were 8 deer on our side of the street, actually right next to us. They were skittish but appeared to want to cross the busy road. After a few moments of watching the deer’s indecision, Conservation Ranger Diana, specialist in deer saving, stepped onto the highway, raised her hand, and stopped traffic. Sandi went around behind the deer to keep them from bolting or freezing and Jim...

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Oct 11, 2020 - The Narrows

Springdale, UT What is The Narrows? The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion National Park. A hike through The Narrows requires hiking in the Virgin River. You must get your feet wet since the river is the trail. To prepare for our hike we visited Zion Guru, an outfitter. There we were supplied with a special pole, neoprene socks, special shoes and instructions. Since one cannot drive...

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Oct 10, 2020 - Zion Canyon Overlook Trail

Springdale, UT It was time to move on and leave the amazing red, delicate-looking spires of Bryce behind. Zion National Park sits at about 4,000’ in elevation and climbs up to 6,500 feet whereas Bryce Canyon ranges from 9,000 down to 7,000 feet in elevation. So, Zion is more of a desert climate and Bryce Canyon is high-desert. Zion is substantially bigger than Bryce Canyon and has more visitors - 4.5 million visitors every year. There are so many visitors, in fact, that one cannot drive in the park but must use a shuttle service. The...

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Jul 11, 2019 - Canyon Overlook Trail

Springdale, UT The Canyon Overlook Trail is our favorite trail in Zion. Although we are loath to do so, the scene is best viewed as close to sunup as one can abide. We did not make it that early, but we did not do badly. The trail is reached via Mount Carmel Highway, a very interesting road all by itself. The highway begins on the south side of Zion National Park and follows along the North Fork of the Virgin River. The road then turns and continues up Pine Creek Canyon, up the 7 switchbacks from the canyon floor to the sandstone cliffs...

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Jul 10, 2019 - The Narrows of Zion Canyon

Springdale, UT The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. It is on the North Fork of the Virgin River. This year has seen a lot of rain and snow melt so the Narrows was opened for the year only 1½ weeks ago. This gorge, with walls 1000' tall and the river sometimes just 20 to 30’ wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion. Because it is so popular, we knew we had to get there early. Cars are not allowed in Zion Canyon so we tried to catch the first shuttle at 6 am. We were not alone in our aspirations, but we did manage to get...

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Jul 9, 2019 - Mossy Cave

Springdale, UT Although we had read that Bryce's Mossy Cave isn’t much to look at this time of year, in the interest of thoroughness, we went anyway. Mossy Cave is a grotto, created by an underground spring. In the winter it is fascinating as it has hundreds of icicles suspended from the roof. In July, it is not worth the effort. We much preferred the nearby waterfall as water in this part of the country is not common. And we decided it should be called Midgey Cave instead of Mossy as the biting midges, also known as No-See-Ums, punkies and...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Zion National Park

The first settlers here were Paiute indians and the first homesteader was Issac Behunin in 1861. A quote from him was " A man can worship God among these great cathedrals, as well as any man-made church...this is zion!! It took mother nature 250 million years to create this scenic wonderland. The Virgin River runs through it, slicing canyons as deep as 3,000 ft. It is such a majestic park!!!!!!!!!!!! The shuttlebus's are great because they stop at 8-10 different stops and you can get off at any one of them and just catch the next bus. Bryce...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Zion National Park

This is the first entry for Zion. too many pictures and I am still only able to add 10 at a time. The park was very full and we had a hard time finding a place to park but finally did. The weather was beautiful so had a great day. The tunnel has 2 way traffic through it but if a large rv or bus comes, they have to pay $ 15.00 to go through because someone on each end has to stop traffic because they have to use both lanes. Its hard to believe that in the 1920's they were able to build a tunnel through a mountain a mile long.

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Jun 22, 2014 - Last Day at Zion National Park

Today was our last day at Zion National Park and we went to a less popular, but just as beautiful, part of the park, Kolob Canyons. Here the rocks seems to be more crimson and more layered than at Zion. They are truly breathtaking. Marsha and Susan went to the Best Friends Animal Shelter in nearby Kanab, Utah, where thousands of animals of all kinds are rescued from all over the U.S. and rehabilitated or housed. It's where they rehabilitated Michael Vick's fighting pit bulls. Tomorrow we head out to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for a...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Hiking in Zion National Park

Today Catherine and JoBeth took on the challenging Angels Landing Trail which has been described as one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the National Park System, with deep chasms on each side and chains to steady the hikers at the highest peaks. They did great! The rest of us took the more leisurely stroll along the Riverside Walk and later some of us took on the more challenging Emerald Pool Trail with cliffs and waterfalls. The whole day was a wonderful and exhausting experience. We had lunch at the Zion Lodge, looking out over...

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Jun 20, 2014 - On the Way to Zion National Park

We had a short trip to Zion National Park today, but, again, some beautiful scenery. The drive into the park was cut through some of the canyons of the park and was mostly switch-back turns on a narrow road. We had to go through a huge tunnel cut through one of the mountains. Weather: High – 94, Low – 46 Campground: Watchman Campground, Zion National Park

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Oct 20, 2013 - Springdale, UT

We are back on track. Yesterday was a long day. We got started late. We knew we would not reach Zion National Park. We decided to stop at St. George and fill two of John’s prescriptions. St. George is a large town with all the big box stores. Normally, we would be glad to pass it by for an off the beaten track campground. Yesterday, we wanted the town. We start our day heading back into town for breakfast. Next, we fill John’s prescriptions. It takes a little perseverance on our part but we get it done. We fill the gas tank and call ahead...

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