After spending time at the Grand Canyon, it was fun to see Zion National Park’s canyons primarily from the bottom up as opposed to from the top down. Both are amazing, but we really enjoyed Zion’s mix of top down scenic drives and hiking in the canyonlands. Photos & more details in these posts:
Good Morning Zion. While in Zion, get up early, take the bus and watch the sunrise light the peaks behind the museum. We were even treated to a bunch (herd?) of wild turkeys primping in the glass wall of the museum.
Off the Beaten Path: Hike to Checkerboard Mesa Arch, Zion National Park. When you’re tired of single files eager hikers lining the most popular trail, ask the park rangers for somewhere to escape the crowds! Checkerboard Mesa Arch was our choice, although there’s no marked trail so be prepared to hike backcountry.
10 Tips on Reserving the Best Campsites in the Most Popular National Parks. Crucial tips on how to get the best campsites in popular national parks.
Zion Virgin River Emerald Waters. One of the best hikes in Zion Nat’l Park is “The Narrows” where you wade up the Virgin River in the emerald waters enjoying the slot canyon and magnificent scenery. Unfortunately when we were there it was early spring, the water was freezing and we were wimps. But we did the hike along the river up to the canyon narrows.