Zion National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    More of Zion in winter

    by goingsolo Written Dec 21, 2004

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    ZIon National Park

    It doesn't snow much here at this lower elevation, but it can get awfully cold. On the morning of this visit, the temperature hovered around 26 degrees fahrenheit. Barren trees flanked the trails and remnants of snow and ice were strewn about Zion's paths.

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    Bryce Canyon

    by windsorgirl Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Bryce Canyon

    Only 86 miles east of Zion will bring you to Bryce Canyon National Park. In just a short distance you will find a drastically different landscape compared to Zion.

    At Bryce you will see huge amphitheatres full of colourful spires of rock called hoodoos. There are many viewpoints to photograph the hoodoos, but plan to take one of the hikes in amongst these strange rock formations.

    You can use your National Parks Pass for admission to Bryce NP. See my Bryce Canyon pages for more photos and info.

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    The Grand Canyon, North Rim

    by windsorgirl Written Nov 27, 2004

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    the North Rim

    It is a worthwhile detour to the north rim of the Grand Canyon from Zion, if you have not seen the Grand Canyon before. It is only 120 miles and can easily be seen as a daytrip.

    We visited in mid October and found snow en route but by the time we arrived at the canyon, the snow had melted from the canyonwalls. If this is your only opportunity to see the Grand Canyon, I would plan to be there in the late afternoon to avoid the harsh midday sun.

    You can use your National Park Pass to gain admission to the North Rim.

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    People wading in the Zion Narrows

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 20, 2004

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    Zion Narrows

    Many people make the 18 mile trek through the Narrows. This is not an ordinary hike. The water is cold throughout the year, and near freezing in the winter. There are possible flash floods any time of the year, which can occur without warning.

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    Get off the beaten path

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 20, 2004

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    Zion National Park

    The best way to experience Zion is to get off the main path. Most visitors, myself included, take the shuttle through the park, stopping at the crowded stops along the way. Because of this, Zion didn't "wow" me in the way that most National Parks have.

    Zion National Park occupies 229 square miles. Zion Scenic drive, the park's "main drag" is only 6.6 miles long. The majority of the park is backcountry and a lot is either unexplored or rarely seen. I've been told that there are numerous small canyons in the remote areas of Zion as well.

    Instead of seeing the popular sites, take a hike through the backcountry or head up to Kolob Canyons in the northwest section of Zion.

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    All about Gooseberry Mesa

    by Combinedefx Written Feb 7, 2004
    Gooseberry potholes and Vermillion Cliffs

    It's a must see/go/do for mountain bikers and those who are willing to put some effort into reaching an out of the way destination. There are trails marked for bikes only, ATVs only, and I believe, no hiking only trails. If one wanted to walk in the area the bike trail would be the safest. Maps can be found in the Springdale bike shop and online.
    Everyone gives the same common sense warnings about the place, and keep them in mind. It is about a mile or more of a drive up the rough road (for a car) so it is harder to escape storms.
    We were caught by two converging storms on the way down the mesa, and were in a series of sandstorms going down the winding road. We left just in time.

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    Gooseberry Mesa for the mountainbiker

    by Combinedefx Written Jan 4, 2004
    Bike trail with Zion in distance

    Gooseberry Mesa is first-class riding. About an hour or less away and the landscape is yours. No crowds to deal with and you are in the wilderness.
    Trails for all skill levels provide a full day of fun and challenges. There are 1000' drop-offs right next to the trail for a little extra thrill!

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    get up early

    by hellmom629 Written Sep 7, 2003

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    visiting in August , we found that if we rose at 4am and hit the trails that the hiking was so cool and comfortable. when we were coming off the mountains at 11am the sun was at its peak and we felt sorry for the hikers just starting.

    then you can go home and have a lovely nap and a swim. we found this was the best way to experience Zion without the hordes.

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    Most of the paths are pretty well beaten

    by zrim Written Mar 8, 2003

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    Becky on the beaten path

    With 2.5 million visitors a year and only one and a half main roads (the road from the south gate interescts with the road from the east gate and then join to make the journey to the Narrows) everyone pretty much sees the same sights. As usual in a national park, take a hike and you will soon lose the crowds. But if you only take the shuttle bus and stop at the main attractions, expect to be elbow to elbow with people all day long.

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    In a little corner of the...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    In a little corner of the scenic drive is a special natural phenomena to be witnessed (especially when it has rained in the days before). It is the weeping rocks. Because the topmaterial of this mountain is rather poreues, water gets sucked in like with a spunge. As it goes down with gravity it meets a very hard layer in the mountain and thus has to either go left or right. At the edges of the mountain it drips out, even weeks after the last rainfall, water appears here along the wall and green vegetation hanging from the mountainside prooves the presence of water. At some spots one can almost speak of hanging gardens.

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    wildflowers

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 13, 2009

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    Zion's colors not confined to the rocks
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    Arriving in Zion in early May was not only great for the weather and hiking but also for the wild flower display. Some of the very best were found along the trails. So, you know my advice: hike.

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    After 180º bend

    by DPando Written Mar 12, 2008

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    More water, less safe sandy pathes, and more exposure to water to cross to shallow water.. that the point after this gorgeous bending

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    The Narrows

    by DPando Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    This is my chronological journey on the Zion narrows, where i spent so many hours hiking up the river seeking the "famous" springs and waterfalls

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