Zion – Utah

 

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Date of Visit: April 4-6, 2012

How we got there: Drove from Bryce Canyon, just under two hours.

Lodging: Zion Park Motel

Favorites:

  • Angels Landing – Famous hike along knife edge ridge to viewpoint overlooking Zion Canyon. Steep drop-offs on both sides at some points. Not for those afraid of heights. 5 mile out and back route with 1,500 ft elevation gain.
  • Hidden Canyon – Hike up the East Mesa Trail to find the secluded Hidden Canyon and its rock arch. 2.4 miles out and back hike with 850 ft elevation gain. Trail has dangerous, sheer drop offs at some locations. Much less crowded than most areas in the main canyon.

Tips: During the busy season, cars are not allowed in the main canyon, plan to use the handy shuttles, but sometimes there is a wait.

Next time: Hike The Narrows, the slot canyon at the head of Zion Canyon with a stream running through it, special water gear required.

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