Zion National Park

Since our first big stop at The Petrified Forest, our trip was starting to get better and better. Either that or our adventure adrenaline was pumping more, because every new stop seemed to top the one before.

The Grand Canyon was amazing for its grandeur, Lake Powell for being able to swim inside canyon walls, Bryce Canyon for its crazy hoodoo formations, etc.,etc.

But, Zion National Park may be our favorite park so far. This is the place where we talked about taking our kids one day and imagined taking them on hikes guided by treasure maps, which is the way Ben proposed to me by the way.

We especially loved hiking Hidden Canyon our first day there.

The things we liked most about Zion was the mile-long, pitch-black tunnel you get to travel through to get inside the park, all the hanging gardens (plants that grow upside down out of rock walls), the fact that a town is in the middle of the park (complete with a movie theater, grocery store and buses that run to local coffee bars and restaurants), the size of the park…big enough to feel amazing, but still conquerable, the Virgin River and our campsite, which had great views and was located by the river.

Our first impression of Zion (or “Mount Zion” as Ben kept accidentally calling it) was “We don’t wanna leave.”


  1. david


    Comment by david on July 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

  2. Mandy Hyslop (formerly Jones)

    Yall should totally do Angel’s Landing while you’re there! But make sure you wake up early to do it b/c it can get crowded by afternoon and there’s a few areas near the top where it’s one-way passage and you hold onto this chain that has been secured into the side of the rock wall – so incredible!

    Comment by Mandy Hyslop (formerly Jones) on July 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

  3. Dianne Jackson

    What a fantastic place! This is the first time I have taken the time to look up your trip and travels. What fun, what memories! Len and I went to the Tetons a couple of summers ago and loved it there. What a world our Creator has made for us to enjoy! :)

    Comment by Dianne Jackson on July 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm

  4. Paige

    yep, Zion was my favorite too. Awesome. Loved the contrast of the steep rocky cliffs with the lush green by the river. Justin liked Bryce Canyon the best though.

    Comment by Paige on July 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

  5. alison

    i’ve heard so many amazing things about zion… ahhh. glad you’re enjoying it!

    Comment by alison on July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

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