The Darling Nomadess: Utah's Mighty Five: Zion National Park

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Utah's Mighty Five: Zion National Park

What I love about our USA national parks, is that each of them is different in their own regard. Some are in the high desert, some are forests, and others may be made up of multiple waterways. Zion National Park doesn't disappoint with it's narrow slot canyons, steep cliffs, and brilliant pink and red colors contrasted by a unique array of brilliant green plants and flora. Hiking in Zion National Park can be summed up in one word: epic.

Where We Camped: Zion Canyon Campground
The Zion Canyon Campgrounds are you standard RV park and campground. For camping, they provide a plot of flat land, a parking space, a picnic table, and a campfire ring. The bathrooms are communal but also well maintained and clean.

We completed the Angel's Landing and the Lower & Upper Emerald Pools hikes.

Angel's Landing is known to be one of the most difficult hikes in the states as it has you climbing over boulders, with 1,000 feet drops on both sides with only a 6 foot wide space to hike over. It received it's name because "only angels could land here." After completing the Devil's Garden Loop in Arches National Park, and completing some intense hikes in the Rocky Mountains, we didn't think Angel's Landing was that difficult. With that said, I can see how it would be for the average visitor who doesn't have a work-hike-sleep-repeat lifestyle.

If you chose to complete this hike, PLEASE wear durable shoes and bring plenty of water. I don't know how many people we passed that attempted the hike in flip flops and only carrying a small bottle of water. Remember you are in the high desert - if the altitude doesn't get you, the heat surely will.

View from the top of Angel's Landing with my then best friend, Caleb. 

We hiked to the top of that point! 

View from Angel's Landing of Zion Canyon

We originally intended to do the Narrows hike while in Zion, too, but with rain in the forecast, we opted out as there was high chance of flash floods. Instead, we chose a simpler hike - the Lower and Upper Emerald Pools. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture the full beauty of this hike but know that the hike to the Upper Pools is worth it! The Lower Pool were small, the Middle Pool were nothing to write home about, but the Upper Pool was large and surrounded by large boulders and a wall that created an auditorium feel. There was a sheep somewhere in the area and it's bah-ing echoed throughout. 

Hiking to the Lower & Upper Emerald Pools

Hiking to the Lower & Upper Emerald Pools 

Interesting flora along the way

I honestly can't wait to return to Zion and complete the Narrows hike. I would also love to do some backcountry camping the next time, as well to really dive into the Zion Canyon and see it's rough beauty.

Have you been to Zion? What is your favorite hike?

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1 comment:

  1. I can't believe some people were wearing flip flops...Sounds painful even thinking about it! I need to get out and explore more of America's national parks!


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