Zion National Park
Zion National Park was a revelation. Like the Grand Canyon, you really have to experience it to understand it. The park includes a river running through a deep canyon and the surrounding plains. Our 10 day Utah road trip only allowed us the time to see the lower portion of the river and canyon. Until next time, and there will be a next time.
Zion is so popular with tourists that cars are banned from driving up the valley. You can bike or take the free shuttle bus instead. Not having to deal with traffic makes the journey up the river quite calming. You can jump off at any time and walk the many trails that climb up the mountains.
We did a couple easy trails (Riverside and Emerald Pools) and one longer trail (Observation Point) that took us to the plain summit.
The Observation Point trail zigzags up the side of the canyon and then winds through the hills and valleys and washes until it reaches the top. The views are spectacular. The colours of the rocks and vegetation are incredible. As a photographer, my only regret was not being able to spend more time to record the experience properly.