The Zion National Park is one of the places to visit when you go to Utah. It is covered with red, white, brow canyons, plants and wilderness. I actually found out about this from a friend and with her stories, I just asked my husband to go there over the weekend as I have learned that Zion National park has been an intrepid hikers’ and photographers bucket list. I have to see for myselfwhat’s with this park.
Utah is just at least 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Vegas. So it is really easy for us to go there compared to California which takes 4 hours usually to get to LA. Can you imagine, we have been to 3 states in 1 hour and 30 minutes?! Amazing, isn’t it? Yes, from Las Vegas, we have entered Arizona and Utah.
So, ok, our impromptu trip has pushed through. As soon as we reached the border of Arizona-Utah, I had seen so much difference. More trees, canyons, red soil, river, cows and horses and more farm lands that I do not usually see here in Las Vegas. We didn’t have any hotel reservation since the husband’s cousin was staying overnight in nearby Cedar city. renting a house which I find it very convenient and better than a hotel.
Zion National park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country. This is perfect for everyone who loves to travel, hike, bike, camp or even just unwind and take photos.We entered off of highway 9 thru the park’s south entrance where we had to pay $30 for the entire family’s entrance fee (upto maximum of 15 pax in 1 vehicle) and it is valid for 7 days. We had to leave the vehicle at the parking lot and ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle that goes to several stops. We decided to go for the easy one since we are just beginners and we got 2 kids with us. As we looked at the map, we decided to go for Emerald pool trail. As they say, we shouldn’t be leaving Utah without seeing this. It is right across the road from Zion Lodge. Emerald Pool is a mix of trails and pools that provide easy to moderate hiking opportunities between each oasis.
We decided to go further and reach the next higher stop — The Grotto Trail. As for no experience in hiking and with a fear of height, this trail is pretty strenuous and exposed. The cliff ledges are real serious! But it is all worth it with the amazing scenery that I can capture with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I can’t wait to go back for more .
Since it was just a short vacay, it is indeed our plan to experience more of the trails that Zion has to offer. It is definitely a must visit place! One has been crossed off my bucket list and can’t wait to X-off for more!