Visit spectacular Zion National Park
A canyon wrought over millions of years by a river that brings rich life to an otherwise dry and rocky landscape. Zion National Park is one of the most jaw-dropping places in the US, it is Utah’s first national park and incredibly easy to visit. A pair of hiking boots, hat and water is all you’ll need to attempt most of these fun things to do in this curious desert terrain cut through by the fast flowing Virgin River.
1.Climb where only angels dare
Only those who suffer no fear of heights and keep fit should attempt this most sought after of hikes in Zion. Thought only reachable by angels, is a challenging 2.5 mile hike.
It starts as an easy paved path and within a mile turns into a steep series of switchbacks that eventually leads to a narrow rocky saddle. Traverse this saddle, ignoring the dizzying sheer drop-offs on either side, and you will find yourself perched atop a 5,785 foot high bluff in the middle of Zion Canyon. Your reward is unsurpassed views down Zion Canyon in all directions.
Every minute of this trail was brilliant and if few hours is all you have, this is how to spend them but keep in mind the drop off is incredible and not for the faint hearted.
2.Explore the canyon narrows
Most attractions of Zion National Park are easy to visit but one exception to the claim are The Narrows, an extraordinary river trek that follows the Zion Canyon upstream.
At it’s narrowest the canyon is barely 20-30 feet wide but rises 2000 feet above you. About 80% of your journey involves wading through the river for which you need to be well prepared. This is 12 – 16 mile adventure is best done in the summer when the water levels are at their lowest and water temperatures are highest. Much of the year you may like to hire a drysuit and other canyoning equipment. The walk is subject to flash floods and can be closed when river depth is over your head.
This is the ultimate challenge and an opportunity to see pretty remote parts of the stunning Zion Canyon. Dry suits are available at a number of hire stores just outside the park as is other necessary equipement.
3.Play in the pink
When in Zion, find time to enjoy a late afternoon in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park located just outside the east exit to the park.
Take a bottle of something nice with few nibbles and let the sunset followed by millions of stars be the backdrop to your picnic. Coral Pink Sand Dunes, being fairly isolated, suffers no light pollution and its brightly coloured silky surface offset by the dark green of pine tress makes for a perfect playground whatever your sandy game is.
We loved visiting the sand dunes when the sun was about to set.
The sand dunes are over an hours drive from Zion National Park.