The view from Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah, USA
The path to Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah, USA
A cactus in Zion National Park, Utah, USA
The Court of the Patriarchs in Zion National Park, Utah, USA
The virgin river in Zion National Park, Utah, USA
A squirrel in Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Buffalo outside Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Coral Pink Sand Dunes outside Zion National Park, Utah, USA
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  • 4.Drive through the canyon wall

    This upward and quite steep 25 mile drive starts from the river at Canyon Junction and winds its way precariously up the wall of the canyon past varying layers of coloured rock. About half way The Carmel Highway burrows through a narrow 1 mile long tunnel cut in 1930 and furnished with several large windows that provide teasing glimpses of the main Canyon as you drive through.

    The Carmel Highway in Zion National Park

    On the other side the sandstone is younger, smoother and filled with diverse formations of lighter white and yellow stone.

  • This drive shows a different side of Zion National Park and provides many places to stop and explore further on foot.

    The windows cleverly built into the walls of the tunnel and the beautiful rock formations that vary as you drive through the canyon.

    5.Wander the canyon floor on horseback

    Exploring the canyon on horseback with Canyon Trail Rides can be a wonderful experience and a great way to take the load off your feet.

    Trails follow the valley floor or climb 500 feet for a view over the southern end of the park. If you haven’t ridden much recently the shorter rides are great to get back in the saddle without suffering from an achy bum later. Enthusiastic riders will love the half day adventure that really takes you deep into the national park.

    This is an opportunity to explore otherwise inaccessible trails of Zion Canyon and to enjoy the scenery from a different perspective.

  • 6.Stay near Zion National Park

    The rooms in Majestic View Lodge based in Springdale are huge, spotless clean and many come with a balcony overlooking the swimming pool offset by the dramatic panorama of Zion.

    Enjoy the rustic designs showcasing lots of natural wood coupled with fantastic views at Majestic View Lodge, a hotel just outside of Zion National Park boundaries. While providing all the modern comforts, it has been built in harmony with the magnificent scenery that immediately surrounds it.

    We loved the enormous bed made of polished logs in which you might have difficulties locating your other half and the well working free Wifi.

    Keep in mind the walls are paper thin and plumbing is noisy, however, if you come equipped with a decent pair of earplugs nothing should spoil your enjoyment.

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24 April 2012