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Zion Discovered

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A May 2003 trip to Zion National Park by jimransier

Watchman Campground Photo, Zion National Park, Utah More Photos
Quote: We camped in Zion for three days, enjoying the sights, hiking a little, and relaxing as much as possible. I couldn't think of a better place.

Zion Discovered

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Overview

Zion National Park Photo, Zion National Park, Utah
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Zion is not a place you can see simply looking out the window of your car. It invites all those who visit to step out into the wild, to contemplate the pure scope of their surroundings. I think the age and timelessness of Zion came to me the first day I was there, riding the canyon shuttle. This particular shuttle driver was providing tons of park information, including various points of interest and park history. At one point, we drove past a small stream that comes out of the canyon wall. The driver said that scientists had recently carbon dated the water, and it originally fell in the form of rain and was soaked into the sandstone when the pyramids were being built. That the very water c...Read More

Watchman Campground

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Hotel

Watchman Campground Photo, Zion National Park, Utah
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Watchman Campground is an excellent location for a campground ($14/night). It is located right after the entrance into the park near the Visitor's Center. Springdale, the town that borders the park is within a 2-5 minute drive from the campground. Springdale has all necessary services (gas, groceries, showers). Campground is also within walking distance of the main visitor center. All the campsites had firepits and picnic tables. There are not any bears in the region, so no "bear boxes" for your food. The ground is a little rocky, but most sites have trees to shade any size tent. A nice breeze came up each night to help cool off the canyo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2003

Watchman Campground
Zion National Park, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
1(800) 365-2267

Riverside Walk / The Narrows

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Attraction | "The Narrows/Riverside Walk"

Riverside Walk / The Narrows Photo, Zion National Park, Utah
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Truly spectacular, humbling, and magical. From late spring to early fall, you will need to take the park shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava, as no cars are allowed in this part of the park during peak months. The trailhead starts right by the shuttle stop. The first mile meanders along the Virgin River, on a paved trail (this is the Riverside Walk). For those less adventurous, this is a great walk with nice canyon and river views. At the end of the trail, the canyon narrows so that the only true way to continue is to hike up and in the river. The water can get deep in places, but during summer, the water is generally ankle to knee-deep. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes that you can get we...Read More

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Riverside Walk / The Narrows
Zion National Park
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256

Checkerboard Mesa

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Attraction | "Checkerboard Mesa via the Zion-Mt.Carmel Highway"

Checkerboard Mesa Photo, Zion National Park, Utah
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From the South Entrance into Zion, take Highway 9 East. The historic and scenic Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway rises above the canyon floor before plunging into a mile-long tunnel that was completed in 1930. At the time it was built, it was considered an engineering marvel due to its length and complex curves. Pay attention to several "windows" that were carved into the tunnel as you pass through.

As you head east on Highway 9, you will come upon a viewpoint for Checkerboard Mesa. It is worth the stop, as the mesa is a rather spectacular rock formation. Due to two different kinds of erosion, the Checkerboad Mesa is a unique sight in a park full of sights.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2003

Checkerboard Mesa
Zion - Mount Carmel Highway
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256

Emerald Pools Trails System

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Attraction | "Emerald Pools"

Emerald Pools Trails System Photo, Zion National Park, Utah
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When we stepped off the shuttle to hike the Emerald Pools trail, my expectations were pretty low. I had heard that these pools were basically algae-filled (hence the name Emerald Pools) basins that water seeps into from the sandstone canyon walls. When we started, we made the wise decision (as it turned out) to take the Middle Emerald Pools trail on our way to the Upper Emerald Pool. It is somewhat steep at first, but in the long run, it is a more gradual climb than the Lower Emerald Pool trail. Either way will eventually lead you to the Upper Emerald Pool. The Middle Emerald Pools are small enough you might miss them, but you know you are there when you have to "ford" the stream. Shor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Emerald Pools Trails System
Zion National Park, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah

Turkeys can fly?

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Story/Tip

Zion National Park Photo, Zion National Park, Utah
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We had set up camp and there was about two hours of daylight left. I suggested we hop on the canyon shuttle for a free, 90 minute ride through the canyon to get a "feel" for our home for the next three days. It was our first time to Zion, so we had no idea what to expect. We were fortunate enough to have a very talkative and informative shuttle driver, who identified various sights and points of interest along the way. There were times that the only way to see the various named canyon points, we had to look through the open air vents above us (instead of our window) to see the tops of the canyon walls. That's how high some of these cliffs go. I was particularly impressed with all the g...Read More