Oct. 13: Zion National Park

On October 13th (day 28), we left Walmart in St. George, Utah, and drove a little ways to Zion National Park. I didn't know too much about the park, so didn't really know what to expect. Upon arrival at the visitor's center, I was already quite stoked on the place. The main part of the park lies within Zion Canyon, which has been carved over the millenia by the Virgin River. The canyon walls are a brilliant red, and the many awe-inspiring rock formations lead the early Mormon explorers to christen the park and its features with religious names. For example, the Court of the Patriarchs is an area along the river watched over by three huge towers of stone named Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Of course, the name Zion itself too is biblical.

In the park, we did a variety of shorter hikes including to the Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pools, the Weeping Rock and it's hanging gardens, as well as to the Court of the Patriarchs viewpoint. We also rode the shuttle bus along the entire scenic drive, which for the most part is closed to private vehicles. Because we didn't have much time in the park, we weren't able to see everything, but in the future, we both would very much like to do the Angles Landing trail. Also to note, while in the park we were able to get up-close-and personal with a tarantula as well as a herd of big horn sheep.

After spending the majority of the day in Zion, we left the park and drove towards Page, Arizona. We spent the night on some Bureau of Land Management Land just outside of the city.

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The view from the Hanging Gardens.

The Court of the Patriarchs.

We stopped along the highway for a herd of big horn (which we'd been hoping to see) as they crossed.

Photo Credit: Danielle Seeliger.

Where we parked to snap some photos of the big horns.