Roadtrippin’ from Vegas to Zion National Park took us through three states and two time zones. The drive was filled with incredible views of the desert. However, nothing could prepare me for the natural beauty I was about to experience at Zion National Park. The canyons and the cliffs are radiant and boast a range of different colours. You could spend days exploring the park but, unfortunately, we only had one day to spare. Nevertheless, it was an amazing day and I’m glad we had the chance to experience it.
As we were approaching the park entrance, we kept seeing signs saying that the car park in Zion Park was full. The signs suggested that we should park in Springdale (which cost $20) and then get a shuttle to the park. However, we ignored the signs and continued to the park. When we got to the entrance, we paid a fee of 35$ and proceeded to find a parking space. After looking for 5 minutes or so, we found one. I honestly didn’t expect the park to be that busy in October.
However, I would recommend trying to find a space inside the park as you have to pay the entrance fee to complete the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. This winding road offers breathtaking views of the park. When you get to the top, there is a mile long tunnel that takes you to an incredible hike. On the way there, only one direction of traffic was allowed to go through the – incredibly dark – tunnel at a time. However, this was not the case on the way back. We parked on the side of the road, like hundreds of other cars, and made our way to the start of the Canyon Overlook Trail. This trail is probably one of the easiest hikes in the park. The hike is only a mile long and although some parts of it are pretty steep, it’s mostly easy.
The trail takes you through caves and past steep canyon drops. This hike offers incredible views from every angle. The hike takes you to an amazing observation point which reveals one of the most stunning landscapes you will ever see. As usual, the photos just don’t do it justice. I recommend that you do not leave Zion Park until you have taken the time to do this hike.As we were only at Zion National Park for one day, we didn’t get the chance to do many of the trails. However, we explored some of the park via the shuttle bus. The driver of the bus explained some of the park’s history and kept everyone on the – over-crowded – bus entertained.
We got off the bus at the Zion Lodge stop and hiked to the Lower Emerald Pools. This was another short and easy hike which had great scenic views. The Middle and Upper pools were closed when we visited due to a rock-slide. As it started to get dark, we began to make our way back to the car and start our return to Vegas.
Zion National Park is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever had the opportunity of visiting. Every inch of the park is filled with awe-inspiring panoramic views. With an abundance of different trails to hike, Zion National Park is a haven for adventure seekers. I hope that I get the chance to return and explore the park in more depth.