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Apr 16, 2016 - Watchman Trail in Zion National Park

We spent the morning hiking the Watchman Trail. The trailhead is between our campground and the visitor center. The trail is 3.3 miles round trip and climbs 368 feet. It wasn’t bad because most of the climb was gradual. It is a rocky trail but better than others we have climbed. We knew the trail climbed to the top of a mesa but we were ¾ of the way up the trail before we knew which one. The trail climbs up the left side of a canyon along the edge of a mesa. I assumed we were going to the top of that one, but I was wrong. Near the end of...

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Apr 15, 2016 - East side of Zion

We headed back to the east side of Zion National Park today, hoping it would be less crowded. It was less crowded to begin with, so we were able to stop at the overlooks on the eastbound side of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. We went as far as the entrance station and then turned around and headed back. On the way back some of the parking areas for the overlooks were full. Most are small. Some hold only one or two cars; others have space for half a dozen. We wanted to hike the Canyon Overlook Trail, which is just east of the Zion-Mt. Carmel...

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Apr 14, 2016 - Red Canyon and the east side of Zion National Park

We went for a drive to Bryce Canyon today to check out the route we will take with the motorhome when we leave here. There is a steep downgrade and I wanted to see what it was like so that I am prepared. The shortest way from here to Bryce Canyon is to continue on Route 9 through Zion National Park and out the east entrance, but there is a tunnel on that route. The maximum combined vehicle length allowed through the tunnel is 50 feet and we are over that so we have to take a longer route out around. We drove into Hurricane and picked up a...

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Apr 13, 2016 - Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park

We went to the Kolob Canyons section of the park today. The Kolob Canyons are a series of deep, long finger canyons along the western edge of the Colorado Plateau west of Zion Canyon. There is a five-mile scenic drive up to a high viewpoint. The Kolob Canyons look different than Zion Canyon but are just as beautiful. We ate our lunch at a picnic table at the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint at the end of the scenic drive. We had a beautiful view! After lunch, we hiked the Timber Creek Overlook Trail. The trail gains 100 feet elevation in half a...

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Apr 12, 2016 - Emerald Pools Trails in Zion National Park

I went on a guided bird walk this morning. Tom stayed home because he doesn’t like bird walks – too much standing around and not walking and he can’t see the birds anyway. We saw fifteen or sixteen different types of birds, including two new ones for me – a Cassin’s finch and golden-crowned sparrows. I enjoyed the morning. We spent the afternoon hiking to the Emerald Pools. We took the shuttle bus to Zion Lodge. The trailhead is across the road and the Virgin River from the lodge. There was a red-spotted frog on the sidewalk in front of...

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Apr 11, 2016 - Hiking in Zion

We slept late this morning. It was after 8 when I woke up. Once we got going, we spent most of the rest of the day walking about four and a half miles on three trails in the park. We took a shuttle bus out to the end of the route at the Temple of Sinawava stop and walked the Riverside Walk, 2.2 miles round trip. It is a paved walk that is mostly level. It is at the narrow end of Zion Canyon. The river flows between steep cliffs. There are weeping walls and hanging gardens along the way. There are also lots of rock squirrels. A little girl...

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Apr 10, 2016 - Zion National Park, Utah

Rain woke us up shortly before the alarm went off at six this morning. We got up and got ready to go. The rain had stopped by the time we were ready to hit the road at a little after seven. We got up to South Campground in Zion National Park just before eight. There was no line and there were two sites available that are big enough for our motorhome. We chose one and were set up before 9 AM. It was certainly the earliest we have ever moved and got set up. There are no hook-ups here so set-up is pretty easy. We have a big campsite. There...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Zion National Park

September 2, 2015 – ZION NATIONAL PARK Located in southwestern Utah, 43 miles west of St. George, Zion National Park is Utah’s oldest and most visited national park. Of course, the park’s main attraction is Zion Canyon. Stunning and breathtaking are the rock monoliths and eroded canyon walls, cut by the Virgin River over time. Brilliant colors of red and white sandstone cliffs left us with no words to describe except that we’ve never seen anything like it. The landscape was truly jaw-dropping. We took a one-mile hike to the Emerald Pools...

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Aug 23, 2015 - Zion National Park

First thing, as we were leaving Ruby Inn and Campground I discovered that our right rear inside tire was FLAT!! Not good and it is Sunday and the garage by Ruby's Inn had no one in to work on it. I inflated it and it seemed to hold air so once I got it up to full pressure to match the outside tire (95 PSI) I decided to go on to Bryce and check it there to see how bad the leak is. This should be the final deciding factor for me to buy a tire pressure monitoring system for the RV! The trip from Bryce to Zion is only about ah hour and a half...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Day 46

Packed up after breakfast and headed back thru Hurricaine. We could not take road thru park because tunnel has limit of 11 feet, 4 inches and our rig is 11 foot, 7 inches with golf bag and Thule. Drove thru alot of open road once thru mountain pass. Stopped at Glen Canyon Dam and museum then on to Page for lunch at Taco Bell. We bought provisions at WalMart and OReillys and noted both staffed entirely by native Indians. Stopped at Four Corners (4 states join up here) but did not pay admission fee, just took pictures! Overnite at Cortez KOA

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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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