Zion National Park was only a few hours drive from our last camp at Cathedral Gorge State Park. We were concerned we wouldn’t find a camp site, even though it was Sunday. It’s summer, and all the reservation campgrounds were spoken for. It was early afternoon already, but luckily we drove right in to South Campground and got a site.
We set up camp and decided to drive the park. Unfortunately, the long road that gives access to many of the points of interest was open to the shuttle buses only. Because we are traveling with dogs, we could not all go. We drove the one road we did have access to, however, it was under construction which made it difficult to drive on. We soldiered on an got some great scenery photos.
We headed back to camp and decided I would take the shuttle so at least one of us could check out the sites at Zion. When riding the shuttle you get a recorded message that gives you a little information about each stop. I didn’t get off at every stop, but enjoyed a 2 mile hike at the Temple of Sinawava. The paved trail runs along a river which several people were enjoying a cool swim in.
There are also 2 other entrances at Kolob Canyon and Lava Point that we did not visit. We only experienced part of what Zion has to offer. If you plan on visiting, I suggest visiting the web site not only to plan the areas of the park you would like to visit, but to check out their road construction schedule to avoid any inconveniences. Also, if you plan on visiting in summer make sure you wear sunscreen and bring/drink plenty of water. If camping isn’t your style, they have a beautiful lodge within the park and several places to stay and things to do in nearby Springdale.
We can see why the park is called Zion. It is a very majestic and regal canyon park that offers many activities no matter what your interests are.
One of the best national parks ever. I stayed outside the park, but definitely want to stay in the park next time and hike the Virgin River narrows.