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Review of Zion's Main Canyon

Zion's Main Canyon
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3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
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Owner description: The most popular route through Zion, which includes the famous top-to-bottom Narrows Hike, Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, and Hidden Canyon.
Reviewed September 8, 2011

Just when I'd think that it couldn't possibly get more beautiful, I'd come around the bend or over the ridge and it was even more gorgeous. What can I say? I've run out of superlatives. This national park is so well-organized with a free shuttle with jumping off spots for every trail and places to fill your water bottle at just about every stop.
I walked up to Hidden Canyon and along the Riverside Walk. Also took the 3 min walk up to get a better look at "The Court of the Patriarchs" around sunset. Got off to lay on a low lying wall and look up at the stars at night - virtually no lights around so it's amazing. The shuttle driver suggested that and it was a great suggestion.
Saw magnificent Condors on the crest of one of the peaks going up to Hidden Canyon.
Everything was perfect.

1  Thank ranchette7
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

I have to admit that the last time I was in Zion was quite some time ago. Since 2000, the par has changed, so that you must take a shuttle through the park, then walk/hike to your destination. The shuttle was enclosed with side windows and skylights, but did nothing to bring the total experience to the visitor. The shuttles should be open air or the park should be open only to hikers. Very disappointing.

2  Thank floribel1
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

We stayed in Mesquite Nevada, a nice small Nev/Utah border town with casinos and all you would want for a home base. We went to Zion 5 times that week as the $25 admission is good for 7 days. We were lucky as we went just before the shuttles started and were able to drive the main canyon in our rental. The views and colors are astounding and you are down in the canyon rather than up on the edge like in Grand Canyon. A river meanders through it and there are many trails to take in the main canyon and all along the drive throught the park. At one point down the road we got out and hiked along the creek to find a huge cat track in the photo below. Luckily the feline was nowhere to be found 'cuz it was large. All of the park is just beautiful and we picked the perfect time as it was not too hot or cold and just somewht crowded but not terribly. Many things to see and experience and watching the sheer cliff climbers is part of the fun. Oh yes, Zion, we will be back.

1  Thank freddombski
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Wow, is all that can describe the Zion National Park in Southern Utah. The NP is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plateu with a wild western landscape and the history of the Anzasi as its backdrop. We travel the country visiting and hiking America's Greatest NF, NRA, NP and NM's, so we are inclined to be excited when we get to stamp another page in our National Parks Service Passport Book. That said the Zion National Park was a double whammy, you are only a couple hours from the Heart of Las Vegas yet you feel a thousands of miles away. The Park has much to see and like its cousin, the Bryce Canyon NP to the east, Zion is unique in that it is dotted with many small "mini canyons". The Lodge and Restaurant in Zion is polished and beautiful and don't be suprised to see a fawn and mother grassing at the grass outside your porch, when you wake up in the morning. We really enjoyed the Zion Lodge located right in the heart of the NP and Zion Parkway. The onsite restaurant is open daily, we enjoyed a wine and a creative menu while sitting back and soaking in the stunning hills and falls. Hiking trails dot the area and every road is a scenic. I suggest you start at the Zion visitors center to orient yourself with the Park. The Visitors Center is located in the City of Springdale, the town itself is a great launching spot. With so many stops to refer to, may I suggest Weeping Rock. Hiking Trails are available for all skill and "desire" levels, so make sure you find something to hike. Don't bother visiting Zion NP if you are the type that "Views from the comfort of a car". That said, this was my second time visiting Zion, the first time we visited was in the spring, everything was green and beautiful. Problem was, one of the main attactions, the Virgin River Gorge was too dangerous to navigate. We could only hike so far and could not walk through the Narrows, due to the flow of the river (spring snow melt). We headed back in the summer to avoid that, but the crowds were horrid and you must leave your car way out at the entrance, unless you have a reservation at the lodge. The Lodge was overbooked, so we could not get one. As a result we were forced to carry our gear with us on the shuttle. The problem is you are with the "Grand Canyon" types. They need to offer seperate transportation for hikers, as there is nowhere to put your gear. When we came in the spring the tempeture was much more foregiving and there were no crowds. We were able to drive our car (with gear in tow) through the entire National Park. One last tidbit, if you are coming in from the west (most common) do not forget to drive through the eastern entrance. The winding road out of the valley is stunning and the tunnel is a marvel of engineering (once America's longest). Plus a rare and "alien" landscape awaits you on the other side of the tunnel. A clear demonstration of the protection that the tall peaks of the Virgin River Valley has offered from the Nasty High Desert winds and arridness of Southern Utah. Nothing I can write here can fully describe the Zion National Park Area, but rest assured if you are in search of something different just a short day trip from Las Vegas or just need a sense of peace this is where its at.

1  Thank jerrythetraveler
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

Zion was very hot when we were there is mid July. We arrived late on the first evening (around 6pm) and had to take a campground site in the Watchman Campground walk-in section. It was fine, but there was little shade and it was uncomfortably hot. We moved first thing next morning to the South Campground, which was gorgeous. We had a site right on the bank of the river and tucked away from any site traffic. Kids bought a 'tube' in local grocery store and were able to play in the river when we returned from our excursions each day. It was a great way to cool down and have fun too.

Junior ranger program was good, they have a great nature centre that was full of interesting information aimed at the 5-12 year olds, nice cool and welcoming building, also a great place to escape the heat!

My children (5, 8, 10, 12) absolutely adored Zion. We did some pretty cool hikes, including Angel's Landing and The Narrows. We'd go back and spend a week next time!

Thank SusieT169
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