Up early to make the most of our visit to Zion, the first surprise of the day is that due to the popularity of Zion, vehicles are not allowed into the park and parking is at a premium fortunately, there are spots available in Springdale (#9 is by the Majestic View Inn) 30 minutes later we arrive at the park entrance using the free shuttle.

Zion is very beautiful & scenic – lots of hiking trails. The scenery reminds us of King’s Canyon Walk the hike we took with Chief in the Outback. Lots of red rocks, sheer cliffs, white spires. Some of the trails are very steep and challenging.

We opt to do the Riverside Trail first (1 1/2hrs) it leads to the Narrows – a 9-mile walk through the river. People actually can rent waterproof rubber boots for this hike. We head back and take the shuttle to the Weeping Rock Trail – an easy 1/2hr walk. At the end is a rock alcove with dripping springs & plants hanging down. It is like walking behind a light waterfall.

Next up is The Grotto Trail, we miss the trail but end up on a moderate trail that joins up to the Lower, Middle, & Upper Emerald Pool. The Upper one is the most scenic and well worth the 3+hr round trip ending up at the beautiful Zion Lodge.

Another long day but very satisfying, time to head back to our BLM site.

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