Pure natural beauty in Zion National Park

August 25, 2016 // : Daan Walet // IN: Nature

Zion National Park

Pure natural beauty in Zion National Park

Daan Walet | August 25, 2016      Nature 


Zion National Park


Zion National Park is a relatively small, but beautful nature park in the south west corner of Utah. Not long after its discovery Zion became a tourist attraction. A lodge was opened and from there adventureres would ride their horses into the park. In modern times, we park our car at the entrance and make our way through the park by riding the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus drives on the onely in the park, which lies in the middle of two magnificent mountain ranges. It will take you to all the differents sights.

Zion National Park

Very early on people wanted to explore the beauties of the park

One of the first stops you’ll probably make is a museum where you’ll learn about the park’s history. The name Zion for example stems from Mormon pioneers. Of course there’re numerous natural sights to see too. Most of them are pretty accesible, with gravel or paved paths that lead you to them. A great example are the Emerald Pools, which will take you about an hour round trip from the bus stop. From the bus you’ll have an exellent view of The Three Patriachs, a series of quite beautiful mountains at the side of the park.

Zion National Park Emerald Pools

Emerald Pools

Must see

At the end of Zion National park the bus stops at The Narrows Trailhead. So get off the bus and hike (or rather “walk”) a few kilometers on a paved walkway. Convenience is king. You’re in America after all. At the end of the paved walkway the adventure actually begins. If the water level allows it, you can walk through the river, into The Narrows. You’re actually hiking through a very narrow canyon here. Very cool to do if you’re the adventurous type. But beware: if there are any sings that warn you for flash floods, don’t enter the Narrows. During a flash flood there’ll be a giant wave of mud bursting through the canyon and taking everything in its way with it. You don’t want to end up in there.

Zion National Park the Narrows

The Narrows

Must experience

Voor the real nature lover with decent hiking capabilities there’s the Angels Landing trail. This hike takes you up the mountain through a pretty steep climp, with stairs and switchbacks. On top of the mountain the trail gets pretty narrow and there’s a chain to hold on to. It’s quite the popular trail, because although there’s some adventure in it, with only four kilometers in lenght, it’s pretty doable if you have a bit of hiking experience. Once you’re at the top you’ll be treated on one of the best views of Zion National Park.

Zion National Park Angels Landing

Angels Landing Trail

Zion National Park Angels Landing view

The view


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