Hiking Zion National Park
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What a difference 2 days can make! We went back two days later and found a completely new park. The temperature was in the 70's and it was bright and sunny, with only a slight chance of rain. The rangers recommended that we not hike the slot canyons, as the previous week's snow was melting and there was still a chance of rain.
After being in the car for over 3 hours we decided to stretch our legs on an easy hike, and chose the Canyon Overlook. It is a nice hike, only about a mile, but ends with a spectacular view of the valley, including Mt. Carmel Tunnel, the Tower of the Virgins, the Beehive, and the Great Arch. The Great Arch is not yet an arch, but will be in a few million years. It was a great way to start the day!
After we were stretched and warmed up, we headed over to Zion Lodge to hike the Emerald Pools.
We hiked back to the lodge, stopping by the trailhead to watch a small herd of deer grazing, and enjoyed the view of the Great White Throne, a huge monolith that is visible throughout most of Zion. Because it was winter, we were in a different time zone and with the sun setting the park was about to close, not leaving us enough time to start another hike. With a 3 hour drive ahead of us, we headed back to Las Vegas.