I recently had the privilege to visit Utah’s Zion National Park. I was able to do it in a long weekend road trip from San Diego, and now I’m wondering why I didn’t visit this awesome place sooner.
When you first approach Zion from the West, you see dramatic, towering reddish cliffs in the distance. As you get closer and closer to the park, those rocks become more and more dramatic. It really is an awesome way to come into town.
Even the name ‘Zion’ evokes imagery of stunning scenery, of heaven. That isn’t far from the truth. Zion is a refuge for those who want to spend time in otherworldly beauty and to soak in the awesomeness of nature. It really is a place unlike any other place on Earth.
If you are into hiking, climbing, bicycling, or even just having a picnic lunch in an incredible location, Zion National Park is for you. Located in Southwest Utah, this pristine preserved land is a dramatic canyon carved by the Virgin River. There are forest trails, the Emerald Pools, and stunning waterfalls to discover.There is also an awesome hike through the Zion Narrows where you wade upstream through a narrow canyon.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to hike the Narrows on this particular trip, but I did hike to the area where the narrows begin and it looked awesome. We saw a group of people in full gear getting ready to make the trek. They first had to jump in the stream and walk through the water up the canyon to get through. We watched them in amusement for a while as they squealed about the water being cold. I longed to be one of them.
What I missed in the Narrows, however, I more than made up for by hiking several of the numerous trails around the park where I was greeted with some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend Zion for anybody who likes an adventure in the rugged outdoors of the American West.