Zion National Park
One of the many things I love about living in Southwest Colorado (San Juan Mountains) is our proximity to the desert both to our south, Arizona, New Mexico and to our east-Utah.
Zion has been on my "to-do" list now for almost a decade and recently had the opportunity to explore this natural wonder. First, don't be fooled by the desert as it can throw all kinds of weather at you in just a few short days so pack and dress accordingly. You have been warned! Expect everything from heat of the day to cold of the night and everything in between, especially wind.
In the busy season you won't be able to drive in the canyon rather you will have to take the free shuttle with nine stops on an out and back route from Springdale, Utah. So, plan on just walking everywhere or taking the shuttles that run thru town and up the canyon daily till about 730 pm. Not bad, but still plan on walking 5+ miles each day you venture out, take plenty of water and sunscreen. The Zion Lodge at shuttle stop 6 offers lunch, a beer garden, and free water refills. Definitely worth the stop.
Things to keep in mind when going to Zion:
But most of all, take your time and spend some time exploring this gorgeous national treasure!
Above: The shuttle stop in Sprindale, Utah can have lines that wait up to an hour to board.
Above: The shuttle stop at the end of the canyon at stop 9
Above: Expect to hike to about anything worth the time to see and be prepared.
Above: Wildlife abounds in the area, especially the Desert Bighorn Sheep
Above: The Zion Canyon overlook is a must see. Expect about a mile hike each way on (at times) sketchy terrain.
Above: Be sure to explore the surrounding area, especially Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Above: But be prepared to hike!
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