On to Zion, we made the 25 mile or so drive up to Zion. The entire drive is scenic with red rock mountains along side.
We planned to meet up with Tim and Renee again. They are also fulltimers from California who we worked with our first year in Custer. They are staying on the other side of the park so we met at the visitor center.
The only way to tour Zion is by utilizing a shuttle system. They even use a free shuttle system in the town of Springdale on the edge of Zion as parking often fills early. The shuttles stop at about 9 major stops for trail heads or vistas of the famous red rock. They run pretty constant so the most you wait for the next one would be 15 minutes. We thought it a great way to see the park.
|Views of Towers of the Virgin and Bridge Mountain|
|Court of the Patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Peaks|
They have some great hikes to take like Angels Landing a twisty climbing route and The Narrows through the Virgin River at the canyon entrance. Although we didn't get into any big hike we did a couple short ones and had a great day jumping on and off the shuttle at all the stops.
|Lower Emerald Pool Trail|
|Renee, Tim & Ray|
Coral Pink S. P. is really an off road paradise with over 1,200 acres of pink sand dunes of which 90% open to off highway vehicles. They do rent utv's there and we were going to do a tour but the temps here were quite cool and we were not prepared for that. Oh well next time I guess.
The pink sand is from eroded Navajo sandstone.
|Old Gunsmoke Movie set - 1955-1975|
|Water from the spring|
|great views on the drive back to the campground|