Zion National Park
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Zion National National Park, another National Park that is extremely high in my Parks top-10. It had been more than three years since I last visited the park (see here). So, it was about time. Besides that I was around, and I had to pass it anyway on my way back to Las Vegas. I unfortunately had just one day, my flight back to New York would be the next day.
In Zion I had another repeat of a former activity: a hike to Angels Landing one of my favorites. Angels Landing is a narrow stretched majestic rock standing 454 meters (1488 ft) tall. At some points the rock is just a few meters wide, with scaring abysses at both sides.
In order to get to the summit of the Landing one has to hike the Angels Landing Trail, a 3.
A great view is the reward, but at the same time not the end of the hike. The real work starts here when the hike continues on the back of the long stretched Angels landing rock.
I arrived on the far tip of the rock within 2 hours and enjoyed the views to the max. I had lunch right next to the edge. One meter further and I would be down in a few seconds.
After a short detour further and higher on the backside of the Angel I descended and took the Shuttle Bus further into the Zion Canyon for another small flat hike along the Virgin River.
I concluded the visit by driving to another section of the park, the Upper Kolob Plateau. When I visited this section three years ago I had to turn around midway the mountain since the road was covered in meters deep snow. No snow this time but a rapidly setting sun, as well as the urge to leave in time since I still had to drive 250 kilometers (155 miles) back to Vegas. Another goodbye, but I am sure I will be back here some day!
More pictures below!