Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.
There is something completely magical about Zion National Park. From the moment you enter it is as if you are being transported to a place held still in time untouched by man. It is so beautiful it borders on fantasy. It begs to be explored and doesn’t disappoint. Of all the places I have been to this is one spot that holds a special place in my heart. One that I can’t wait to go back and explore all over again.
No trip to Zion would be complete without hiking the infamous Angels Landing. With a 1,500 foot rise in elevation and sheer drop offs this is not a hike for the faint hearted. Several people have fallen to their deaths not taking the risk of this hike seriously. I am not ashamed to admit I literally crawled on my hands and knees in fear when faced with 1,000 foot drops on either side. The feeling of accomplishment once reaching the end (Alive) combined with the breathtaking views made every second of fear worth it!
Stunning bright orange colors and cliffs clash with the turquoise blue water swirling below it. Welcome to The Narrows. This is truly a unique hike as your trail is the water leading through the narrow canyon walls. Splash and play around in the refreshing water or take your chances over slippery rocks and rushing water through its winding path. Each turn revealing an even more beautiful landscape than the one before. The colors just constantly astound you with how vividly bright and contrasting they are. You will want a camera to capture very second of it so be sure to bring a water proof bag!
Tubing the Sevier River
If you are exhausted from days of hiking and still want to experience the beautiful scenery of Zion than tubing the Sevier river is a wonderful way to do this. It loops gently through desert landscape and cliffs allowing you to just sit back and enjoy the cool water and sun on your face. This is a great family trip especially if you have little ones who need a break and just want to have some fun! Be sure to pack a lunch to have on one of the sandy beaches.
Springdale Candy Company
You scream, I scream we all scream for Ice cream! Especially after hiking in the hot sun. There is no better way to cool off from the exhaustion of the day than with some ice cream. Stop in this local shop for not only ice cream but sweet treats and homemade fudge.
This trail is aptly named as it was a little hard to find. If you do find it though you are in for a wonderful hike. This is such a fun trail to run off and explore on. It has a little bit of everything from staircases up the cliff side to sandy trails and cliffs with stunning views. This was one of my favorite hikes that didn’t get much publicity. If you want to go a little off the beaten path this one is for you.
Be sure to plan early for this one! You don’t want to miss out on getting a permit to have the unique experience of hiking the 16 mile narrows from the top to the bottom. This is definitely for the more adventuress at heart. You may get a little water logged but the experience will be well worth it. Be ready to wade, swim, scramble and hike your way through this one.
Springdale itself is a charming little town full right outside of Zion with unique shops and places to eat. Stroll down its streets, exploring the many art galleries or gem and crystal shops. David J. West Gallery is one of my favorites who perfectly captures the colors and charm of the southwest. If you are lucky you just may even get to meet him.