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Nov 21, 2018 - Zion National Park

Zion National Park was the last of the “big 5” national parks in Utah we visited. Interestingly, it’s called Zion National Park, with a canyon created by the Virgin river flowing through it. Bryce Canyon National Park is actually not a canyon since there is no running water within its walls. Another striking difference is how your arrive at each Park. At Bryce you are at the top of the Mesa looking down on the Grand Staircase Escalante. At Zion, you arrive on the valley floor with cliffs and mountains that soar skyward. The beauty of Zion...

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Nov 11, 2018 - The National Park trio and the sad demise of horses.

Writing tonight from Zion River RV Resort. Today was our first day at Zion and we will share all about Zion in our next post. Last week we stayed at Dead Horse Point State Park. Dead Horse Point State Park was on a mesa overlooking canyons for a hundred miles. We hiked twice in the park while we were there and I would definitely not hike at night. I was nervous about sleep walking and going over the cliff. It's called Dead Horse Point State Park because the mesa comes to a 40 foot point. Cowboys would fence in wild horses. They would select...

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Oct 27, 2016 - Zion National Park, Virgin, UT

We left Sedona early in the morning, at 7:30 AM, to make a 320 miles drive to Virgin, UT and Zion National Park. The drive over here was notable because we traveled along some real wilderness, 2 Indian reservations, 2 national forests, followed the Vermillion Cliffs, crossed the Colorado River, re-entered Utah, and lost an hour to the time change between Arizona with no daylight savings time and Utah which follows DST! The most popular part of Zion is the Virgin River Canyon. The lower part of the canyon is about mile wide and narrows as...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Lake Powell

Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP and Lake Powell It was a good thing that we waited in Las Vegas an extra day so that the winds could die down a little bit. The ride through the Virgin River Gorge was ….......hmmmmm......not bad. At least that is what I told our friends who were a day behind us and wanted to know the road conditions. When they got into the campground at Zion they said, “What do you mean by not bad! It was white knuckles all the way through the gorge!”. Maybe I should have said that it was “sporty”. It was one lane with concrete...

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Oct 22, 2013 - Day Trip: Zion National Park, UT

We love this area. We love our campground. We decide to stay another day. We get the motorcycle out and head to the Kolob Terrace Road. The Kolob Terrace Road is a steep 20-mile drive that starts in the town of Virgin and climbs north from the desert washes into the aspen-covered plateaus of the higher elevations of the park and ends at the Kolob Reservoir. I copied most of that from the National Park brochure. We head twenty miles west on Route 9 to the town of Virgin. We easily find the road to the Reservoir. At first, the scenery is as...

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Sep 26, 2013 - Zion River RV Park

Today was moving day. We had a reservation mix up...oops! We thought we had made reservations at the Zion Canyon RV Park in the middle of town in Springdale, just outside of the west entrance of the Zion National Park. Come to find out after arriving in Springdale, we have reservations in Virgin, 12 miles back down the road. Zion River RV Park is a very nice park, with lots of amenities, but very expensive and removed from everything. The worse is terrible cell signal and very slow internet. Not really our kind of park, but needless to say,...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Zion NP - Our 4th Visit

Utah weather has been fairly consistent, nice in the morning, showers in the afternoon, and daily flash flood watches. This past Sunday was an exception with isolated storms all day. So Sunday, we stayed in. Since this morning’s weather was nice, we decided to return to Zion NP and visit the Zion Canyon stops we’d skipped previously. We stopped at Big Bend, Cathedral, Canyon Junction, Court of the Patriarchs, Weeping Rock, and Zion Lodge. As long as we were at Zion Lodge, we had lunch there. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for isolated...

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Sep 6, 2013 - Lower Emerald Pool

With afternoon temp’s forecasted to be in the upper 90’s, we decided to do our hiking in the morning. We got an early start and drove to the Zion NP Visitor center and took a shuttle to the Zion Lodge stop, where we hiked the trail to the Lower Emerald Pool. Once at the Lower Emerald Pool, the trail took us behind two small waterfalls and through a narrow passage between two rock formations. From Lower Emerald Pool we hiked to the Grotto on the Kayenta Trail. From the Grotto we took a shuttle back to the visitor center. Following dinner,...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Zion NP

We spend most of our day at Zion NP. In order to reduce traffic in Zion Canyon, the National Park Service provides shuttles to take visitors to points of interest, we parked at the visitor’s center and took a shuttle to Temple of Sinawava. From there, we took the River Walk trail towards The Narrows.. Following that, we took the shuttle to the Zion Human History Museum, where we watched a movie on the NP. Then we drove west through the tunnel. As we drove through the tunnel we passed 6 portal windows giving us glimpses of the mountains...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Virgin, Utah

Today we traveled from Bryce City to Virgin, Utah. It was a short trip, 97 miles. Our route took us through Zion NP which included the 1.1 Mile Mt Carmel Tunnel. There are tunnel restrictions, vehicles must be under 40 feet in length, and no more than 13 feet 1 inch high. Our motorhome is just under the length and height limits. When we got to the tunnel entrance the park ranger told us once he gave us the ok, we owned the tunnel road, no one else would be allowed to enter from the opposite direction, this way we could drive down the...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Zion National Park

We decided to take the truck to the park today so we wouldn't be limited by a time table (3:00 shuttle back home). We watched the short video at the visitors center, then got on the park shuttle. Our first stop was a short walk to get a better view of the three patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (photo) From the lodge stop we took the hike to Upper Emerald Pool, about a 1 mile hike. It was classified as a moderate hike, whereas yesterday's walk was truly a "walk". But a lot of it was in the shade and today was a little cooler than...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Zion National Park

The RV park we're staying in is about 12 miles from Zion National Park. They have a shuttle that takes you to the park's visitor center at 9:00 am and brings you back at 3:00, so we did that. Once you're inside the park, they have shuttles that take you all over the place. We did the River Walk trail which was a very easy, 2.2 mile walk. Then we went to the Zion Lodge where we met up with my cousin Elsa and her family. They got here on the 3rd and left this afternoon for Bryce. I was so glad we hooked up; Dave has never met the kids and...

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