I took a lot of pictures in Zion… be sure to scroll past day one into day two in order to see them all, as I had to break up the pictures into two galleries.
I was in Zion National Park for only one night, but I spent a good amount of two days within the park itself. On the first day, Tuesday September 13th, I drove into the park from it’s west entrance, and was immediately greeted by tons of traffic. There was so much traffic, I was, at first, very put off by the whole experience. What I was driving by was so beautiful and unique, but I couldn’t really focus on it… there were just too many cars, too many people. Luckily I was able to grab a campspot though, in the Watchman Campground, which was apparently a campground for reservations only, but I was able to get in for one night, and I took it.
After I got to the campground, I made the short walk to the visitor center in order to hop onto one of the many buses that took you up the Zion Canyon. At first, I wasn’t too pleased with the idea of getting on a bus with a bunch of other people, but I have really warmed up to the concept. The busing system solves many issues, mainly the heavy traffic issue; as I already mentioned, the parks without the busing system were, to me, pretty much inaccessible, as I was not willing to wade back through that traffic. But with the buses, you can hop on and off at any of the like 9 stops, and sure the buses move a bit slower, but in the end, is a very ingenious way to tackle the issue of too many people in a national park. Another good thing about the busing system is that you don’t need to use it really… I got off at one stop, and pretty much hiked up and past a few other stops, and on the hike I saw almost no one else, it was nice. Until I got close to a bus stop, then there were a lot of people
My first stop was at the ‘Court of the Patriarchs’, which were awesome mountains of rock, pictured below. I then walked to the emerald pools. There are three emerald pools, and I hiked to all three, needing to cross under a little waterfall at one point. The pools may have been a bit more shallower then they could have been, but that was fine, still very pretty. After the emerald pools, I hiked up towards Angel’s Landing, which was a really awesome but very steep hike. Along the way I met and chatted with a young woman about my age, Julie from Sydney, Australia. We hiked together up to the top, to the Scout’s Overlook or so. I didn’t end up going to the actual Angels Landing, the weather was just not looking great at all. It was very overcast with grey clouds and very windy. But I did find a good spot to overlook the area.
I then hiked down by myself, as at that point Julie met up with her large group, and I then took the bus, the second time on the bus all day, to the final stop, the Temple of Sinawava, where I walked along the riverside walk, which took me close to the narrows. I didn’t end up going into the narrows, as I would have had to walk through the river, there is no path through the narrows, just the river. Plus, at that point my legs were dead… I had had a long day.
On day two of Zion, I officially left and reentered Zion National Park quite a few times. First I had to leave Zion and drive to a little town called Virgin in order to get to the Kolob Terrace Road, where I did the Wildcat Canyon trail in order to get to the Northgate Peaks trail, which lead to an overlook area, which was really pretty. After that, I had to leave Zion again, then get onto Interstate 15 in order to get to Kolob Canyons Road, where I did the Taylor Creek trail in order to see the Double Arch Alcove. Despite its name, they were not arches, just alcoves, but still very cool to see, as they were like right on top of each other, it was very neat. After that hike, I drove down the rest of the road in order to get to the end of the Kolob Canyons, and there I did a little hike to another great overlook.