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May 7, 2015 - Zion National Park

When we went to Zion National Park in 1999 with our friends the Gregorys, we were able to drive our car through the whole park. Now, as is the case with other national parks we've been to on this trip (like the Grand Canyon), you can no longer drive your own car, but must take the park shuttle, which stops at all the major points of interest in the park. The shuttles are really a good system and very well managed, but it's rather sad because the volume of traffic in the parks has apparently become unmanageable. It's only early May and not...

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2015 Southwest Trip

Mar 2, 2015 - Utah - Arches and Zion National Parks

On February 28th, I started traveling. A friend and I drove in her car from Calgary to Utah where we visited and hiked Arches National Park and then Zion National Park. In Zion we hiked The Narrows - this involved renting a waterproof suit and 2 wetsuit booties and a heavy pair of boots and hiking either in the actual river or along the shore or back and forth from sandbar to sandbar, up river then back again. Though not a really long hike and with hardly any elevation, it turned out to be an extremely tiring hike – I was so tired at the...

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Nov 16, 2014 - Last Days in Kanab

Yesterday we hung around Kanab and visited the the Little Hollywood Museum. The museum is a collection of buildings used on the sets of movies made in the area. The buildings used in many movies are flimsily built and often are only building fronts. The adobe looking buildings are actually made of fiberglass to be light and easily transported to the location of the filming. A toll house used in a 1990 film is made out of styrofoam blocks. The Museum has collected the building over the years and moved them to it's lot behind the gift shop....

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2014 Cross Country 2

Oct 30, 2014 - Zion NP - Touring & Hiking the North End of the Canyon

(Ron Writing) We’re really having nice weather in Zion. Since we arrived it’s been getting just a little warmer every day but still just about perfect. We always have some wind in the morning until about 10 AM and then there is no wind the rest of the day. After breakfast we headed out on another adventure. Today we covered the upper half of the Zion Scenic Drive starting just north of the lodge at The Grotto. This is mostly a parking area for hiking. We continued on to Weeping Rock where there is a major trailhead with trails leading in...

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Oct 29, 2014 - Zion NP - Hiking in the Canyon

(Ron Writing) This morning we packed a lunch and drove north on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, which winds along the extremely scenic canyon of the North Fork of the Virgin River – Zion Canyon. All summer and up until last weekend there are shuttle buses taking visitors on this drive and personal vehicles aren’t allowed. But those buses only run on weekends now so we drove ourselves. We stopped at Zion Lodge about half way up-canyon to look around and to take a hike up to the three Emerald Pools. We hiked up the Lower Emerald Pool Trail, then up...

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Oct 28, 2014 - Zion NP - The Visitor Center & History Museum

(Ron Writing) This morning we walked a little ways south of the campground to the visitor center. It’s a modern new facility that was built in 2002. We were last here in 2004 but I guess we didn’t stop at the visitor center that time so today was the first time we saw it. It didn’t take long since there really weren’t many displays there. We then took a short hike north along a paved trail to the Zion Human History Museum. This building was formerly the visitor center and is the one we remember stopping at on a couple prior visits. They...

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Oct 27, 2014 - Zion National Park - Scenic Route 12 & Bryce Canyon

(Ron Writing) We left our nice campsite near Escalante, UT this morning and continued south on UT-12 and it continued to live up to its name “scenic byway”. We had very scenic views all the way to its western terminus at US-89. This included a beautiful drive through the north end of Bryce Canyon National Park. Our original plan was to spend a few days at Bryce but the weather forecast is for several nights with temperatures down in the low to mid 20’s – not good for us – especially when we don’t have hookups and the campgrounds in Bryce do...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Zion National Park UT

This was our third visit to Zion and unfortunately we could only stay overnight. Murray and Shelle were staying a few more days to await the arrival of Mike and Sally Theroux. The plan was to hike to the Emerald Pools as we had done on our other two visits. On the first visit in 1982, the rock wall above us at the upper Emerald Pool broke away and nearly came down on top of us. However as we were checking in Richard asked the ranger if he had the name of a good RV mechanic. Why, I asked? It's seems on the way down the mountains, the trailer...

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Sep 22, 2014 - The Narrows

The Narrows in Zion National Park, is a section of canyon on the North Fork of the Virgin River. The hike of The Narrows is one of the premier hikes on the Colorado Plateau. The term The Narrows refers to both the through-hike of The Narrows, and to The Narrows themselves, especially the 3.6 miles long section of canyon between the end of the Riverside Walk Trail and Big Spring. The Narrows lies north of, and upstream of, the main Zion Canyon. Hiking the Narrows was rated # 5 in the National Geographic ranking of America's Best 100...

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2014 RV Adventure

Sep 20, 2014 - Zion-Mt. Carmel

The Zion–Mount Carmel Highway was proposed by the Utah Parks Company, which managed tourist concessions in Zion National Park, as a means to link Zion with Grand Canyon National Park and other attractions in northern Arizona. The road runs from the entrance to Zion eastward to Mount Carmel Junction with US 89 as a portion of Utah State Route 9. The road became part of a loop tour of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The route was surveyed in 1923 by B.J. Finch, district engineer of the US...

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2014 RV Adventure

Sep 19, 2014 - Weeping Rock

Weeping Rock is an overhanging blind arch which “rains” every day of the year. The spring water seeping out of the rock 100 feet overhead takes nearly 1000 years to travel through the porous Navajo sandstone above. The percolation slows at the underlying dense, less porous Kayenta sandstone layer, then follows a downhill course, raining on the observers below. Weeping Rock is one of the top attractions of Zion Canyon, and may be reached by a gentle, paved, quarter mile trail. The rock is an eroded, bowl-shaped cliff face where water seeps...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Observation Point

Observation Point is a narrow promontory, elevation 6,508 feet, that overlooks much of Zion Canyon including such famous landmarks as the Great White Throne, Castle Dome, Three Patriarchs and Angels Landing. The 4 mile trail to the summit climbs 2,150 feet so this is a fairly strenuous hike, though still relatively easy as all the route is well maintained, well used, and clearly signposted at junctions. Although the view from Angels Landing on the opposite side of the canyon is slightly better, the variety of scenery on the way makes the...

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2014 RV Adventure

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