Zion National Park Hiking


Wow! On March 31st a few years ago my old friend Dan, the world’s best tour guide, and I ventured to Zion National Park.

It was a bluebird day with lots of sun. We drove the length of Canyon Scenic Drive to the Temple of Sinawava, enjoying the spectacular views.

Driving back a short way, we stopped at the Weeping Rock parking area. As a side note, this was the last day of allowing cars in the Canyon until late in the year. Shuttle buses are used by visitors during the spring and summer to tour the Canyon, unless they have bikes.

I hiked the short distance to Weeping Rock and enjoyed the hanging gardens as water trickled down the rocks.

After returning to the main trail, I began the hike to Hidden Canyon. The East Rim Trail switchbacks up a cliff face before reaching the Hidden Canyon Trail.

This Trail follows a ledge along the cliff face to the east for another mile before entering a slot canyon with high cliff walls. The ledge is fairly narrow with exposed sections of 700 vertical feet. For the most part chains are anchored along the ledge wall to provide support.

At the mouth of Hidden Canyon there was a small pool of water with a nice place to sit. After exploring the Canyon, I returned to the pool, enjoyed a snack and drank in the views.

It was my first visit to Zion. It was not my last.

Natural Arch

Natural Arch

Hoodoos outside of Zion

Hoodoos outside of Zion

Virgin River

Virgin River

Path down to Hidden Canyon

Path down to Hidden Canyon

Zion Shooting Stars

Zion Shooting Stars

Canyon walls rise 1,000 feet above the canyon floor

Canyon walls rise 1,000 feet above the canyon floor

Not the place for solitude

Not the place to slip

Amazing shapes and colors

Amazing shapes and colors

Long drop from the trail

Long drop from the trail

Mecca for rock climbers

Mecca for rock climbers

A full moon

A full moon

 

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6 comments

  1. Very nice pics for this beautiful park. We visited in 2009 and absolutely loved it. We some pretty awesome hikes from which we still have fond memories…(Suzanne)

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  2. Great pics from a memorable place, hiked the same trails with Jim Fama a couple of years ago.

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  3. I just returned from a brief visit. I know I’ll be back. YOur pictures look incredible. Given it was still quite cold last week during my visit I didn’t get to see any wild flowers. I bet it would a lovely sight over and above everything else.

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