Zion, our first national park stop

Zion National Park Travel Blog

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Right at the entrance to the park's main valley, we paused for this scenic view.
Karine, Jean, a still very sick George and I got up early today, loaded up the car, and drove the 10 hours to Zion National Park in southern Utah via Nevada (including passing by Las Vegas). We only had a little less than two hours of daylight left, so we hopped the shuttle to take a tour of the park. (This park doesn't allow any vehicles besides the shuttle bus to drive the road at the bottom of the canyons, as it's one of the most visited national parks and has had past trouble with environmental problems caused by too many visitors and cars.)

We hopped out at one stop to hike up part of a cliff for a lovely view of the canyons surrounding us. By the time we took pics and hopped back on the shuttle, it was dark. We blindly made it to our car in the dark parking lot, looking up at the bright stars for our first breathtaking view of the clear night sky.

I was the one who drove all day, and we still had another 1.5 hours until we reached our hotel in Kanab, Utah. I do not recommend driving through the park at night, as the way is steep through razorback roads. It was a stressful drive, and we were really relieved to reach the end of the park. We stopped off at a Thunderbird motel on the east side of the park for dinner and then finally headed the final stretch to Kanab for a good night's rest.
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Right at the entrance to the park…
Right at the entrance to the park…
Another mountain not too far into …
Another mountain not too far into…
The view from the shuttle bus.
The view from the shuttle bus.
Under the dripping wet overhang of…
Under the dripping wet overhang o…
Walking up for a closer look at We…
Walking up for a closer look at W…
Zion National Park
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