Late Fall in Zion National Park
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November 27th, 2006 – by: TRE69
The 150 mile drive took us through 3 states...Nevada, Arizona (the northwestern part of the state), and Utah. In southwestern Utah, we then took Hwy 9 east (Zion Park Blvd) toward the southern entrance of Zion National Park.
The entrance fee for Zion National Park is now $25 for a 7-day pass for privately owned vehicles. In 2006, I was able to get us all in for free using my National Parks Pass from my cross-country road trip. Luckily the pass was still valid. Our first stop was the Zion Canyon Visitor Center for kid cleanup, restroom break, and trail maps. The weather was not great...it was cloudy, cold, and the skies threatened rain.
Weeping Rock is a half mile, steep, but paved trail leading to an alcove underneath a rock face dripping water. The canyon views were spectacular even on a cold fall day. I visited Zion earlier during the summer and I enjoyed seeing the stark differences of the park at different seasons...barren trees...no crowds...the serene trickle of the Weeping Rock...aawwhh! Take care on the trail as during this time of year it can be icy.
From Weeping Rock we continued on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to Temple of Sinawava...the Trailhead for the Riverside Walk. The Riverside Walk is a 1 mile paved trail that hugs the shores of the Virgin River. It was exciting to see the water rush into small rapids around rocky sections of the river. Again no crowds...in fact it seemed we were the only ones there, so we were able to hear the river run its course through the canyon. We strolled down less than a quarter mile of the trail when we all started feeling rain drops. Since my Canadian cousin and uncle and I had a cold and since my other cousin didn't want her kids to get severly sick, we turned back and headed for the warm and dry sanctuary of the minivan. Oh well! Time to head home.
Next time I visit, I want to hike up to Angels Landing or the Lower Emerald Pool Trail!
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