Zion National Park
This was my first visit to Utah and I got to cross one thing off of my bucket list: Zion National Park.
Flew into Las Vegas, rented a car, and drove the 2hr. and 45 min. to Springdale, Utah–gateway to the park.
My home base for Zion was the Best Western Zion Park Inn. Great hotel! Had a nice room with cathedral ceilings, swimming pool on the grounds, two on-site restaurants, and walkable to other establishments in the town.
Springdale does tourism right. You can park your car where you’re staying and just leave it. There is a free town shuttle bus that will take you up and down the main street. Its end point is near Zion National Park. You just exit the bus, walk across a footbridge, and you’re at Zion park. Pay the entrance fee and then you can board the Zion park shuttle bus to take you where you want to go. During the busy summer months you can’t drive your vehicle into the park. You take a comfortable shuttle bus and the roads aren’t clogged with traffic!
Oh…a little bit about Springdale. It’s a cute town filled with jewelry and art shops. It has some great restaurants too. I can recommend the spaghetti squash enchiladas at the Whiptail Grill and the sweet potato pork tamales at the Bit and Spur.
Enough about food (although you *will* be hungry after hiking!) and on to the park. What hikes should you do?
Well, the classic hike is to Angels Landing. I’ll write a separate blog post about that. Besides that one, I enjoyed several others (most of the links below are from Joe’s Guide to Zion National Park–this site has great descriptions and pictures. I used it for planning my trip and it was of great help!).
- Riverside Walk
- Kayenta Trail (via Modern Hiker)
- Emerald Pools
- Court of the Patriarchs
- Pa’rus Trail (this one is paved)
- Weeping Rock
Below are some photos of my trip to Zion. For more, check out my Flickr album.