Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Quick Trip Through Zion National Park

Well, quick for me anyway... I love this park and could spend a lot of time here. Thanks to fellow bloggers, Jim and Gayle, I found a great camping spot west of the park. A little far away, but very nice, with a great view.

I can't believe how crowded the park has become. I went in several days, very early so I could get a parking place at the visitor's center in order to ride the shuttle. I went to Weeping Rock -

Crossed the Virgin River on my way to -

The Emerald Pools.

The Kolob Terrace Road was closed for reconstruction most of the time, but open on the weekend. I went up and walked a little of the Hop Valley Trail.

Back in the Valley, one of the shuttle stops is at the Court of the Patriarchs -

Where this big guy was strutting around. Too bad it's not Thanksgiving...

For the first time, I walked the fairly new Pa'rus Trail along the Virgin River.

Lots of wonderful views, including some of the Watchman.

I had not hiked this trail before because I thought it would be in the trees, but I was really wrong. Great, open views.

When Jim and Gayle and their blogger gang were at the park, they went on the Many Pools trail in the upper part of the park. I thought it looked interesting and actually found it with the help of a nice ranger at the Visitors Center. There really are many pools.

One last view of the amazing Zion spires.