Hiking Zion National Park
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My sister finally turned 21 and came out to Las Vegas to visit me. We did the normal strip stuff, but had the most fun hiking Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. Zion National Park is located a little over 3 hours to the northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and is the oldest national park in Utah (dedicated in 1919). The Virgin River runs through the canyon, carving out beautiful slot canyons that make the park wildly popular. Zion is also home to the second largest arch in the world, Kolob arch. The park is connected by a long, narrow and winding tunnel that runs through a mountain. It is somewhat expensive ($25 USD), but you get a 7-day pass, which is more than worth it as this park has miles of trails. During the peak months (April-October) there is a shuttle bus that runs between most of the popular areas, but we went during the off season and were able to freely explore the park with our own car.
About a week before Christmas my sister and I headed up to Zion for the first time. We left Las Vegas late, about 8am, and did not arrive until closer to noon as it began to rain and then snow. Along the way we drove through Virgin Gorge, a deep chasm that seperates Nevada from Utah. The gorge winds along the Virgin River, with steep rocks lining the road. If you look closely as you drive through the gorge you can see bighorn sheep along the rocky outcrops.