Published: May 13th 2009May 13th 2009
10th & 11th May, 2009
This morning we left Cedar City early and drove up to Zion National Park, which is located in southern Utah. We are Freedom camping again, in the Southern camp ground.
If you plan to come over to USA and visit the National Parks they charge an entry fee into each one, around $25 US, but you can buy a year pass for $80 which in our case is a big saving. The parks are brilliant, Rangers on hand, in Zions case they have banned vehicles from entering the park, so run a free shuttle service throughout the park and also from Springdale, Tracks are great and some are even paved and wheel chair accessible.
Settled into our camp sunday and then went down into Springdale for a look see, yes John we went to the Bumblebury Pie shop and it was great, for those of you who haven't tried Bumblebury pie it is made with Burple and Binkel berries which grow on the Giggle Bush (yes I have the evidence), great little tourist town. Went for a bit of a walk around in the evening - nice and still warm.
Up and at it this morning, we joined a Ranger tour up into the Zion Canyon, they sure have big rocks, Ranger Jenn was great, entusiastic and very knowedgable. And we came across wild Mule Dear, wild Turkeys and of course Squirrels etc
At the end of the tour we did a number of walks but missed out on "The Narrows" as the river was running to high. Still did the Riverside walk, the Lower Emerald and Middle Emerald Pools and ended with the Par'us Trail.
In the evening we joined a Northern California couple who are planning to travel to NZ so information sharing was greatly appreciated by both parties.
There are more photos below