Blogs from Zion National Park, Utah, United States, North America

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After seeing the wonders of the Grand Canyon, we spent time visiting some of the national parks in Utah. The first one was Zion National Park. I like the guidebooks’ descriptions: “Zion National Park packs the wonders of the eroded Southwest into a compact area. Color runs rampant: pale beige, yellows, pinks, oranges, reds, and chocolate are in its sandstone scenery ... energetic streams and other forces of erosion created finely sculptured rocks. Little trickles of water percolating through massive chinks of sandstone left markedly un-desert-like habitats, enabling an incredible variety of plants to find niches” (Moon, USA National Parks - The Complete Guide to all 59 Parks, Becky Lomax, 2018, p. 304). “Get ready for awesome. Zion NP abounds in amazing experience: gazing up at the red-and-white cliffs of Zion Canyon, soaring high over the ... read more
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Zion National Park

North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park September 20th 2018

A few months back, my husband and I were able to go out west. We had never seen the Grand Canyon before and during this trip, we made it a point to do so. We also visited the incredible and breathtaking Monument Valley, Hoover Dam and Sedona, Arizona as well. While I have written and shared in length about those legs of the journey, I have not gone into detail discussing the last, and perhaps my most favorite, part: the trek to Zion National Park and the night spent in Las Vegas, Nevada. We planned this trip to end our last part of the journey here, then to make the trip back to Scottsdale, Arizona to fly back when we left Las Vegas. After traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles along the West Coast Highway, we ... read more
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Valley of Fire State Park


Beautiful, not too crazy packed but definitely lots of people. We did a couple hikes and played in the water. It was a full day and there was still a lot to see. ... read more
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Mileage 30 The night before, we planned to get up very early and eat as soon as the hotel’s complimentary breakfast opened in order to get to the park before the Memorial Day crowds started making things a slow going. Claire woke up to a blinding light in her eyes. Actually, Pam woke up right before her alarm was to go off and flicked it on right beside the bed. Claire thought she was seeing the “bright angels” from the trail in the Grand Canyon yesterday and threatened Pam that if she turned on the light first thing in the morning again, she was going to get her. Pam thought she was saving Claire from hearing her alarm with her good timing, but, oh well . . . So, we were off . . . early ... read more
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Well, Dianne’s long standing wish has finally come into being. For years she has wanted to head down to Utah to visit the various canyons she has heard about from her parents, her brother and his wife, and many others including friends from Europe. She has been reading books and pouring over various articles on the internet. She has an agenda and a porter to do the heavy lifting. We headed out on May 11th. But first, because we would be away on our daughter’s 50th birthday, we stopped overnight in Mission to take the birthday girl out for a pre-birthday dinner. Happy Birthday, Christine. The blog is a bit delayed because we have had a problem getting consistent connections to charge the computers and access to WiFi. Also had trouble reading the screen due to ... read more
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Lots of Mountain pictures
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North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park November 8th 2017

Off to Zion...Hwy 12W thru Red Canyon and red rock tunnels...89S Scenic Byway 🌄 Signs - frequent wildlife crossings next 10 miles 👀 Mt. Carmel Junction UT, home of the ho-made pies 😜🎂 Driving Hwy 9, Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy, into Zion National Park is a must - all of a sudden the road turns to a red color as you come upon the entrance. The rocks are massive...hard to fathom unless you see in person. A hiker and rock climber’s playground ⛰ A long tunnel thru huge red rocks!! According to Google, Zion is both the oldest and the oldest national park in Utah. Zion means “the heavenly 👼🏻city” and the park’s Kolob Canyons are named after a place described in Mormon scripture as being near God’s throne. There are no churches in Zion National Park, ... read more
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First night in Zion ❤️
South Campground ⛺️

North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park October 25th 2017

Nu har vi avverkat ett antal nationalparker och är flera naturupplevelser rikare. De senaste vi besökt är Zion national park, Bryce Canyon och Death valley. I Zion bodde vi i en stuga på Panderosa ranch resort. Ett mysigt ställe precis öster om nationalparken. Här fann vi vår nya vän Skvirre. Han är en flygande ekorre och han hänger nu med oss på resan. Efter en mycket god frukostbuffé gav vi oss iväg. Stefan hade sett fram emot att vandra upp till Angels landing. En tuff hike med rejäl brant stigning upp till toppen. Det var verkligen en häftig hike, men tyvärr var vi inte ensamma. Det var förvånansvärt många som vågade sig upp till toppen. Vi ville få ut så mycket som möjligt i Zion, så direkt efter Angels landing vi tog oss an ännu en ... read more
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North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park September 2nd 2017

We were up by 6am, figuring we needed lots of wiggle room for a whole variety of circumstances. It came in handy. We packed up and ate a quick breakfast that was included in our stay at La Quinta. It was actually pretty good- biscuits and gravy, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee, etc. They even had waffles if I'd spent the time to make one. Then it was off for our morning drive to Zion National Park. We were hoping to get hiking by 10am. We stopped at River Rock Roasting Company, picked up more coffee, giant cinnamon rolls and packed sandwich lunches (they even put them in paper lunch sacks!), before continuing on our way. While we had made it to Zion by 9:30am, we unfortunately had to park outside the park and then take a ... read more
River Rock Roasting Company
River Rock Roasting Company
Giant Cinnamon Rolls!

North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park August 29th 2017

To beat the heat, Barb and I went into the park fairly early this morning, so that we could walk a couple trails. We walked to the Emerald Pools and the Weeping Rock, which were both shady and cool, and the Kayenta Trail, which was sunny and hot. I guess the name should have been a clue. When visiting Zion, I think its best to plan for early morning and evening activities. It sure gets hot. I also think it would be a shame to just see the canyon and miss the scenery coming in from the east entrance. Every turn of the road and every turn of the head reveals another work of art. None of the pictures that I've taken really captures how stunning the scenery is. However, I wouldn't want to drive a ... read more
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North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park August 28th 2017

Jack Kerouac might have said it best in his famous novel On the Road: “I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” His words serve as a testament to the power of a road trip; how the process of packing a car and driving long distances has the ability to transform us. Yet, what about the roads themselves? What makes this form of transportation more life-changing than, say, flying in an airplane? Or taking a url=https://www.tripadvisor.com/Search?geo&redirect&q=cruise&uiOrigin=MASTHEAD&ssrc=A&returnTo=__2F__&pid=3825&startTime=1487962374801&searchSessionId=37417A2CEAA317B65E3C4B1E454192721487962367241ssidcruise? The answer could be in the old chestnut: It’s not the destination but the journey that matters. Some of the iconic road trips I have taken here in the US: The Seven Mile Bridge to Key West, F... read more
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Off to Wally World with the Griswolds




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