Zion National Park 1/7 by Tripoto
Priyakanth Manda
Day 12: Las Vegas through Zion National Park — Zion is a haven for activities like biking, hiking, swimming and rock climbing. I’ve seen people in wet suits and swimming fins with rock climbing gear and people with hiking poles going into the narrows. Ultimate adventure destination for beginners. FML, I do none of those. Time to start, better late than never.
Swati Tiwari
Next day, we went to Zion national park. By this time I was fully pumped to see the next fascinating landscape I was going to encounter. The drive is beautiful, starting with mostly desert and small succulent plants or at some places no plants at all. Two hours on the road and we started seeing pine trees. The landscape changed dramatically. Utah is made for road trips. If you are on road only then you can actually see the wonders of nature and the changing landscapes. Zion national park was crowded on the day we reached. It has a shuttle service and it's good to use because there are certain places in the park where car can't be taken. Shuttles are available from Parking lots to park too. So take lots of water and start the exhilarating trip of the park. Shuttles are very frequent. Get down at any point, pick any trail and come back to the mentioned points and get back in the shuttle. Hop in, hop off and explore. The map is self explanatory and it explains all the trails. We got down at Zion lodge and took a trail from there. It has beautiful trees and red mountains and a river. I could not ask for more. On our trail we found a beautiful waterfall and some amazing views. We did some hopping in and out and then we reached to the 9th and last point. The trail from here takes you to the narrows and it is a must visit. It starts with a paved trail and there are lots of cute squirrels on the way. It's green and the trail goes along the river and later on it merges in the river. Get into the water and have some fun.. Go as far as time allows. It felt like a fairyland. I was surrounded with huge mountains and trees and I was walking in ice cold river. Great experience! They have waterproof shoes for rental outside the park. I was not prepared for the river thingy but rental shoes are of great help because river stones may hurt your feet. After coming back from this trail we walked to the 8th point just to take few pictures and from there we got into the shuttle. By the time we got into the shuttle, it was evening so deers and birds came out. I saw so many cute deers while coming back to the visitor's center. Our hotel was booked in sprigdale so we started our journey back to hotel. This drive passes from Zion national park.Tip: If your hotel is not near Zion then try to leave before sunset because it really gets dark there and the road has a lot of steep turns and no light for quite a while.