Wow…this place is just beautiful! Steep cliffs, narrow canyons, great trails, lots and I mean lots of deer, mostly bucks. We stayed 5 nights at the Watchman Campground right in the park and it was really nice. The deer would come right into your campsite. We were seeing more bucks than does and Rich was wanting to be in Montana hunting mode.
Day 1 – We did a 5 mile loop that took us to the Emerald Pools. We had lunch high up overlooking the valley…decided that we had enjoyed lunches in some pretty spectacular places on our retirement travels. Rich was reading the trail guide and found the perfect trail for him…it was wheelchair accessible 🙂 The Riverside Walk was actually a very nice 2 mile paved walk that followed the Virgin River along the bottom of a narrow canyon.
Day 2 – We did “The Narrows” and absolutely loved it… Used our fishing waders/boots. The river is the trail, so you are walking, crossing, and wading through the river up through narrow canyons. Awesome scenery. We did 6 miles rt and you could really start to feel it in your legs going upriver against the current. It was so much fun!!
Day 3 – We hiked the 5 mile rt trail up to Angels Landing…great trail, switchbacks going straight up the hill, and really high cliffs and it was along ways down!! Totally fun though. We did not do the last 1/2 mile which is hanging onto the side of the cliff by a chain. Crazy! They have had people fall and die on this section.
Day 4 – Drove through the eastern section of Zion Park…totally different scenery. Went through the Mt. Carmel Tunnel…it is about 1 mile long right through the rock mountain. If you are taking an RV through there, you have to pay and they have to stop traffic on both sides so you can get through. We saw LOTS and LOTS of deer, some desert bighorn sheep and wild turkeys in this section of the park.
Loved our stay at Zion National Park…if you have not had the chance to make it down here, it is really something to put on your bucket list.