Zion National Park is probably my favorite national park I’ve been to. I think it’s even better than the Grand Canyon.
The views are the most incredible views I’ve seen and there are endless amount of things to do.
We got there in the evening the first day so we decided to do the shorter Canyon Overlook trail. This view is the best view for the easiest trail in the park. The trail is only 1 mile and it’s perfect for families with kids or people who don’t feel comfortable doing the longer more strenuous trails.
It was a great introduction to this incredible park.
The trail itself is interesting and winds around cliffs, but the view at the end is the reason this trail is a must do for anyone visiting Zion.
It was hard not to stay at the top forever admiring that.
It was late by the time we finished so we headed to ourAirBnB to check in and pass out.
We woke up at 6:30 and headed straight to Zion to catch the shuttle for Observation point. Myles picked up a coffee at River Rock Roasting Co. recommended by our Airbnb host and it super good coffee. I recommend this place for good coffee and views, we went back the next day to spend more time there 🙂
Day 2 we had big plans – the Observation Point hike. It’s an 8 mile strenuous hike with 4 miles of steep incline and then 4 miles back the way you came.
The hike was immediately strenuous. Switchback after switchback gets your heart rate skyrocketing, but the incredible views are worth it.
START THIS HIKE EARLY DURING THE SUMMER. Seriously. It’s a tough workout and would not be enjoyable with the sun beating down on you. We each drank 3 full liters of water on this hike and peed zero times so that just shows how much water our bodies were using in the heat. I’m sure you wanted to know that.
Since we started the hike about 9 am, the sun was hiding behind the mountains for the first part of our hike. The cool thing about Utah heat is if you’re in shade, you don’t even feel hot. It’s crazy. Also no humidity so no frizzy hair or dripping sweat. Of course we got sweaty but nothing like Florida. I need to move here immediately. Anyways, I’ll shut up about the heat now, you probably get it 😉
You get a break from the steep incline once you hit a pretty slot canyon. After that it’s just uphill for the rest of the time. All the hikers on their way back down are deep in conversation but everyone on their way up is silent and breathing heavy.
Once we got to the top, we took in the incredible 270 degree view. The best part is there was a little chipmunk welcoming crew at the top. We sat and ate our lunch and this little chipmunk wanted some of our sunflower seeds. He was fearless and adorable.
We face timed some family at the top once we realized we had LTE up there and then headed back down, happy for no more uphill. The downhill was hard on our toes and our knees though so we were definitely ready for it to be over at the end. Tired and sweaty, we took the shuttle to the Zion Lodge where we layed in the grass in the shade.
Then we did a short little hike to the Lower Emeral Pool. This hike seems good for families and we saw a lot of them. It was an easy little walk compared to what we had done earlier but it was all we had energy left for.
We ate and had a beer at Zion Brewery which is actually inside the park and headed to our Air BnB to pass out.
This blog post is long enough so I’ll finish our time at Zion in another one!