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    gnats a reminder

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 13, 2009

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    finally breaking into some scenery

    Fondest memory: Small gnats flew around my head, a reminder to enjoy what you have when you have it. Just twenty-four hours earlier in the very exact spot, sans the insects, I had sat, sadly looking at the remnants of a burned down forest, wishing our choice of a camping spot had been more lush and vibrant. It's funny what some perspective and a little breeze can do.

    Arriving at Zion National Park in Utah just under a week earlier, we had not planned on doing any backpacking. We'd just finished a two night hike into the Grand Canyon and looked forward to some medium length walks in Zion and especially not lugging our backpacks around. But after tackling just about every hike in Zion Valley we had not had enough of the gorgeous valley and looked for more to do to enjoy a bit longer. A two night backpacking trip on the West Rim was too easily arranged and for only $10; it was hard to resist.

    The drive to the remote Kolob Terrace area of the park was pretty and if we had wanted to escape the crowds, we couldn't have made a better move. The trail head at Lava Point was not only empty but showed ample signs that winter had just barely ended in that part of Zion. There was lots of ice and we felt guilty leaving our car in the frigid, lonely patch that was to pass for a parking area. We marched off through some sizeable snow drifts through a rural area that looked more like a closed for the season ski resort than a National Park and were soon tramping through mostly forest, wondering who had turned the light switch off on all of Zion's breathtaking red rock scenery. (continued below in Fondest Memory)

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    springs don't always spring

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 13, 2009

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    on the West Rim Trail

    Fondest memory: That day's hike to an overlook of the Zion valley and Angel's Landing in particular was far better. The scenery was more varied and the goal a better reward for our efforts. We passed a campsite we had debated on reserving but it was really too far in for an overnight trip. It would be more suitable for a three night hike. We enjoyed a snack there and carried on to Zion's valley which was surprisingly quite a drop down from where we were. The views were magnificent and we only saw one other party the whole day, something very rare in this level of splendor.

    The slog back up to our plateau was grueling but at least we were just carrying a day pack and we were soon back at our dream camp spot wishing our tent had been magically transported there. But the truth was we still had quite a bit of hiking to do so set off quickly and with purpose. Our homestead awaited us and somehow now looked forward to getting back to it. The final stretch of trail was boring and we were tired. Our little tent never looked so inviting on our return and even the burnt down forest seemed friendlier. After fetching the water, we sat once again to have our evening meal but unlike the day before there was no breeze to keep the bugs at bay. The reality of life is springs don't always spring, sometimes they gurgle. Sometimes the breeze blows and other times it doesn't You have to learn to appreciate the things given to you by nature when given. It might not always be what you came looking for but if you look just a bit closer, it might just be exactly what you need.

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    the gurgle I found

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    now, that's what we were looking for

    Fondest memory: We finally broke through to some incredible slick rock formations in hues of pale orange and cream, more reminiscent of though still quite different from Zion's more famous valley. This was however fleeting and we again found ourselves in a forest, though this time one obviously ravaged by a fire. The scenery became mundane and the lack of hikers was easy for us to understand. Spectacular it was not. We got to camp on the late side but it too did not seem of special merit. After setting up, I went off to look for the elusive spring on our map. The gurgle I found was hardly a spring and I wished I'd had a pump filter rather than the chemical purification we'd brought at that point.

    Back at camp, we cooked dinner, and sat eating it, washing it down with water stocked with various floaters, all the while looking out at the unremarkable scenery. Despite just about perfect climatic conditions, we got in the tent as soon as it got dark, as much due to boredom as it being spooky in the burned down forest.

    The next morning everything looked a lot better and our breakfast was much enjoyed. Our camp started to look more and more like a homestead. We felt like Mormon pioneers who'd been dealt a nice cleared plot of land, perfect for farming. Well, I was reminded of our meager water source on fetching the morning's supply and again to get plenty for the day's hike. It was quite a walk but I figured the pioneers must have had it a lot worse than we did. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)

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    Easy Paved Walking Paths

    by windsorgirl Written Nov 25, 2004

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    Riverside Walk

    Favorite thing: I thought it was great that many of the hiking trails in Zion NP are at least partially paved, and two of them are completely paved making them wheelchair and stroller accessible. Those would be the Pa'rus and Riverside trails.

    This makes a visit to Zion a pleasurable experience for people of all ages and physical abilities.

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    Changing Rock Colors

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: During sunrise or sunset, the color of the rocks start to vary and can produce spectacular contrasts for the patient photographer.

    There are different bands of colors on the rock formation and the deflection of light gives different shades of red. Unfortunately, we were in the rush but I took this picture of this massive cliff rock to remind to go back one day for a better picture.

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    Waterfalls Galore

    by windsorgirl Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    waterfall, Zion NP

    Favorite thing: I love waterfalls, and there was no shortage of them at Zion NP. We had just experienced three days of rain in southern Utah, so I suspect there were a few extra waterfalls during our visit!

    The sandstone cliffs in the park are up to 2000 ft high, so it is very dramatic to see the water tumbling from this great distance.

    This waterfall was found at the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop.

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    Fall Colours at Zion NP

    by windsorgirl Written Nov 25, 2004

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    fall colours

    Favorite thing: I loved the fall colours that we encountered while touring Zion National Park. We arrived in the last week of October and were told the fall colours were just starting to show.

    We saw the most colourful trees in the higher elevations of the park along Hwy 9. Use the roadside pulloffs to park your car and wander down to the stream. You may be lucky to capture some nice reflections in the water.

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    Rock walking at Zion

    by SLLiew Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Checkerboard Mesa

    Favorite thing: The opportunities of just clambering up and down the massive rocks at Zion National Park is boundless.

    Cars seem to stop at interesting spots and passengers get out and start walking up here or there for a great view.

    Join in the fun. Of course, look out for any warning signs and be careful where you tread always. Safety first always, fun second.

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    Zion Park Visitor Centers

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    Zion Canyon Visitor Center
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    Favorite thing: There are two visitor centers. The Kolab Canyon Visitor Center is at exit 40 off of I-15 at the entrance of the Kolab Canyon areas of the park. This center can supply you with information about the park. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is located at the south entrance and has a number of exhibits, including a three-dimensional model of Zion Canyon. Open all year, except Dec. 25, rangers are available to answer your questions and issue backcountry permits. You will find a number of books, maps, postcards, film, and other items for sale at the visitor center. November 28 through March 3, when the History Museum is closed, this visitor center also has a video presentation that introduces you to the park and highlights its most popular trails.

    Web Site www.americanparks.net/zion_national_park.htm

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    Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau in Springdale

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Jun 3, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This is a wonderful site for anyone wishing to visit Zion National Park. Some of the items covered include activities to do in the area, lodging information, dining information, shopping, services, events, shuttle bus, and information about the park itself. This is a very valuable site; well laid out with extensive information, addresses, web sites, phone numbers, and descriptions.
    Web site www.zionpark.com
    Address: P.O. Box 331, Springdale, Utah 84767
    Phone 1-888-1518-7070

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    Zion map and guide

    by Shihar Written Jan 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: At the entrance gate, you will receive a Zion Map and guide from the park ranger. I seem to appreciate this park planner more than some other parks because I can find all useful information within the planner.

    For example, page 5 has a very descriptive trail guide that tells you the level of difficulty, miles round trip, etc. Many other park planners do not list the trails and usually a book is needed to be bought seperately.

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    Entrance Fees

    by kazander Written Apr 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Back on our September trip to Wyoming, we purchased a now discontinued National Parks Pass. Parks passes are honored for 1 year from the date that you buy one. (So that's how we got into all 5 of Utah's National Parks) Since the beginning of 2007 Parks Passes are no longer offered, instead The NPS have introduced a new system, The "America the Beautiful" Passes. These will replace the traditional pass, the Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access passes. The new standard pass is $80, which is $30 more expensive then the pass we bought but does allow access into the areas that were only formerly available with the Golden Eagle pass (which at $15 more that the regular pass was still $15 cheaper than this new one) Ah but time marches on and prices keep going up, what can you do? It's still more than worth it to support the parks. You can of course still buy a weekly pass to each park, which is $20 per vehicle, $10 if you are on foot or bike.

    Check out the NPS website for more details on ALL passes.

    For all National Parks Passes
    http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm

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    Springdale, call this home while visiting Zion.

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Aug 14, 2011

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    Springdale, Utah

    Favorite thing: Springdale is a tiny little town with about 300 residents, which sits, in a spectacular, scenic setting. Because of its location at the entrance of Zion National Park, the town is supported by tourism. Springdale has a number of accommodations and shops for tourists, and a Giant Screen IMAX theater. This theater is 6 stories high with an 82- foot wide screen and digital surround sound. “Zion Canyon—Treasure of the Gods” which explores Zion National Park and other large-format films may be enjoyed here, including 3-D films.

    O.C. Tanner Amphitheater an outside amphitheater presents concerts and multi media productions from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. The mountain backdrop provides nature acoustics.

    Fondest memory: I love the beauty of Zion, and the wonderful scenic areas to hike and explore, plus have enjoyed watching a number of films in Springdale's IMAX theater. To find out what is playing at the IMAX, visit their web page at: Zion Canyon Theatre.

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    "Great White Throne"

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This is an awesome sheer rock cliff that requires a photograph.

    One of the favorite sights at Zion National Park. The high rocks and the narrow canyons make this park an unforgettable trip.

    It was actually getting late when we were there and were more enjoying the day light left and did not take that many photos.

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    Vistiors Center

    by Shihar Updated Jan 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are 2 Visitor centers at Zion NP:

    1) ZION Canyon Visitor Center- This is located across the river from Springdale.
    2) Kolob Canyon Vistor Center- Off I-15 at exit 40, 45 miles north of Springdale

    Zion Human History Museum- One-half mile north of the south entrance. Exhibits show how humans have influenced and been influenced by Zion.

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