Zions National Park
Just a hop skip and a jump from St. George, and what I think of as (with no scientific data to back this up) the most popular of the National Parks in Utah, is Zion National Park. It’s easily accessible and with so much to do and see, I think it’s the most popular for good reason. I had visited this park twice before and Chris only once when he was very young. This trip brought a brand new experience for both of us as we did hikes that neither of us had done before. We arrived a little later than expected and raced against the sunset to soak in as much of Zions as we could. Here is our 4-hour guide for Zion’s.
Lower, Middle and Upper Emerald Pools
This hike was a bit longer, steeper and rockier at the end than I anticipated. It was still well worth the hike. Gorgeous views of the canyon at almost every turn and with the leaves starting to change color it made the whole canyon sing in golden yellow and dusty red.
A short (.5 mile roundtrip) but steep (99 ft elevation change) hike. The word “steep” is never a comforting word to hear for me when we are looking at potential hikes. I have to say, this one IS doable and DEFINITELY worth it for all the views at the top. It so short you can be down and back within 25 minutes, but it’s definitely one of my favorite stops.
The River Walk
This trail/path is gentle and slightly rocky and eventually leads to opening of the Narrows. We hiked as far as we could while still holding on to the last few minutes of Daylight. Still very beautiful.