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Aug 21, 2015 - Day 45

Up 7am to catch town shuttle to Zion Park. Crowds of people already but entered with Senior Pass and onto Park shuttle. First stop was Emerald Springs trail which was all paved and easy. We saw 2 bucks sparring below trail on the way up along with flock of turkeys. Not much water at falls but trail still pretty. Lots or oriental people touring park, taking lots of pictures/selfies. We got back on shuttle to Narrows stop which is longer but easy trail to river. Walking up thru the river to where the mountains almost meet (hence, the Narrows)...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Zion National Park,UT.

Today we headed out to venture through Zion National Park. The drive to the visitor center is very scenic. There is a large 1.1 mile tunnel in which the traffic is controlled mostly as one way traffic. The reason is the height...there are lots of motorhomes and RV's traveling to campgrounds and they need to be escorted. They are measured and charged a fee. The major Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private traffic. You can catch a shuttle bus at no charge. It will take you through making several stops along the way. The ride is not...

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May 29, 2015 - Zion National Park

Les montagnes rouge de Zion National Park nous offre une vue différente des autres parcs, c`est à dire une vue à la base de la montagne. La Virgin River qui coule dans son canyon prend des tentes de vert émeraude. Les enfants ont bien aimés la traversée du Zion-NP-Carmel Tunnel qui relie le canyon de Zion à l`est du parc. Nous avons fait une belle randonné de 3km qui nous a amené à une petite chute. La route pour nous amener au parc est parsemée de villes et villages mormon, communauté très présente en UTAH. Je vous l`avoue, ce ne fût...

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May 23, 2015 - Zion National Park

We drove late yesterday to Zion National Park for a 2 nite stay in the Lodge within the Park. Unlike the other Parks, in Zion we are at the bottom of the Canyon looking up rather than on top looking down. Coming in the weather was fine , but overnight it deteriorated. Usually around 80 degrees here at this time of year , today it is drizzly and cold, about 50 degrees. Despite the weather, there are a lot of people here for Memorial weekend. Certainly not as many as there probably would be if it were sunny. The Ancestral Puebloans ( formerly...

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May 20, 2015 - Zion National Park Revisited

This morning Pete & I went to breakfast at the All American Classic Cafe in Cedar City. After breakfast we headed to Zion National Park for a revisit. Last time we were here was in 2009 with friends Joe & Penny. So this time we focused mostly on our photos & did absolutely no hiking. So here is todays photos.

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Pete & Jan's Travels

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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