I entered Zion National Park from the east going through the tunnel for a $15 fee. It was the shortest route, and had fantastic views with turn-outs along the way for taking photos.
Straight to the Visitor Center I went, to get a parking spot, and to decide what to see. A trolley takes you up Zion Canyon to most all the sites and trails. They arrive about every 15 minutes, so you can get on and off whenever you want.
Thought of hiking to Angels Landing, but realized it would likely be too much for me. Besides, I prefer seeing the features from below rather than above. The alternatives were very nice too.
Instead, I hiked the trail to the Emerald Pools and on through to The Grotto. Also, went up to the Weeping Rock, and took the Riverside Walk up to the point where you must enter the Virgin River to continue.
There were hoards of people everywhere including in the river. Getting photos without people in them was not easy. Many were not even observing the spectacular scenery. I learned it was Spring Break for schools in Utah and California which accounted for the masses. It was depressing, so I decided to leave instead of spend another day.
Words, and even photos, cannot describe the magnificent views within the canyon. I resolved to return another time, during the off season, when I might enjoy it more. Boondock camping overnight for free on BLM land near the Virgin River.
PS: It turned out that I had a tire leaking, so it is probably good that I left early. I was able to get it fixed in the next town.
Camp: Boondock-BLM outside Zion NP
Scene: River, cliffs, mountains, trails
Oh my, what a beautiful place!! I guess it is better for those of us who can, to visit popular places off season. I do not prefer to travel in the summertime.
The shoulder is best, just before and just after peak season. I will try to keep that in mind for the future.
We’ve been to Zion several times – beautiful country – we like the views from the bottom up – it’s like being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Nice photos
It’s an enchanting place and I hope to return when the crowds are gone.
It is really beautiful when there is a LITTLE snow scattered around.
I imagine it would be; maybe next time.
It was a bummer you couldn’t stay longer, but you were really lucky to be able to get your tire fixed before you woke up to a flat! Great photos!
I had planned to stay a few days; but, it was not meant to be.
In the back of my head I am planning to rent a small class C in Vegas from El Monte in late October and do the loop in Southern Utah. The roads are open, the crowds are sparse and the leaves are colorful. The timing is a suggestion by Bob Wells. This will be my intro to Rving trip.
Perhaps; keep in mind it often begins snowing in the higher elevations by the end of October in Utah.