Red sandstone cliffs, blue skies, and winding slot canyons all come together in the most beautiful way to form Utah’s first national park: Zion. While these red rocks symbolize the park, its plant and animal diversity and historic significance also make Zion what it is.
We spent five days in Zion in September 2015, hiking as much as we could, attending ranger programs, and camping inside the park. Our highlights included Observation Point, The Subway, and the fear-inducing Angel’s Landing.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Highs and Lows at the Unequaled Zion
- Our Zion Video Highlights
- Our Facebook photo album
- Hike to a spectacular view: Our favorites were Observation Point and Angel’s Landing (if you are brave!)
- Hike inside a canyon: The Narrows are great for beginners, but there are so many others
- Drive along the Mt. Carmel highway scenic drive; look for bighorn sheep!
- Snag a permit to hike to The Subway (bottom-up) or another canyon
- If you have bikes, access Zion Canyon trails before the shuttles are up and running
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.