Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Zion National Park // Camping & Exploring


Happy Hump Day everyone!

This month has been a little bit crazy busy, but I'm not complaining! We finally got our internet working, and I still have quite a few photos to share from our recent trip to Zion National Park

Cameron and I love visiting our country's national parks and Zion has been on our list to see for awhile. So when he had to attend a conference for work in Las Vegas earlier this month, we figured it was the perfect time to go! I actually flew to Vegas to meet him, and we spent a day and a half there before heading to two hours north east to Zion. I am not a huge fan of Vegas, so after a day of being there I was ready to head out and get some fresh air :)

Almost all of the campgrounds in the park were first come, first served and being we knew we'd be getting in later in the afternoon from Vegas. We didn't want to have to worry about not getting a space, and so we made a reservation at this campground instead. It's located just outside the park, but close enough that you can walk (or take a shuttle) to the entrance. It's not the best campground I've ever stayed at...but it also wasn't the worst by any means, and it's a perfectly fine place to stay if you're looking for a place near Zion. The only thing we didn't really care for was that it's primarily RVs instead of tents, and the sites are kind of close together. However, we got one by the river, so it wasn't too bad. Also, it's a little hard to see in the picture above, but Cam forgot a hammer so he was using a rock to hammer in our tent stakes. He's a resourceful one ;)

After Cam we set up camp Friday night, we spent some time driving around the park and the light was gorgeous! (You can only drive in certain areas though, as other parts they only allow shuttles)
I took a ton of photos (this post is basically a big picture dump) but can you blame me?
We saw lots of interesting rock formations but Checkerboard Mesa was especially neat.
We saw lots of wildlife in the park, including these desert bighorn sheep!

We saw tons of these prickly pear cactus flowers as well, which I loved!

We stayed in the park to watch the sunset and took in the views until dark.


On Saturday morning, we ate breakfast at a local restaurant near our campground and it was already starting to get hot! We headed out to do the hike to Angels Landing (which was awesome!) and then had some time to explore other parts of the park later on in the afternoon. There is a lot to see!
We did a shorter hike to the Emerald Pools - the water was so clear!

The rock formations against the blue sky was so stunning!
On Sunday, the weather got much cooler and we actually headed out to explore nearby Bryce Canyon National Park. It was very chilly there (hopefully I'll have time to share those photos soon!) and so we ended up heading back to Zion in the afternoon. We decided to do another short hike on the Canyon Overlook trail, and I'm glad we did! It was a good little hike that was very worth it.
 The trail was a little narrow in some parts but the views at the end were amazing!

 Oh you know, just being a pretentious tool doing some yoga :) After doing a few different poses, Cam decided he was not going to be outdone and started doing this...


His headstand is actually way, way better than mine...ha! Also, we spent way too long in that spots trying to do headstands and I'm sure people thought we were nuts!
 
Zion National Park is such an incredibly gorgeous place.
If you ever get the chance to visit, definitely GO!


17 comments:

  1. Beautiful! As I commented before, I really didn't realize there were places like this in the States.

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  2. Beautiful photos! I hope to one day visit this place. It looks breathtaking.

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  3. stunning, loved the prickly pear flower, you made me nervous doing that yoga pose so close to the edge, glad you're safe!

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  4. hahahahahaha a pretentious tool I actually laughed out loud at work. Well done! Stunning pics!

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  5. So pretty -every picture is like a postcard!
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  6. oh man. Zion looks incredible. I have driven by a thousand times on the drive from SLC > LA and back again, but never once stopped. Now I want to make a whole week of it!

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  7. Such a beautiful place, and great pictures to boot! Zion has been on my bucket list for years, i dream of seeing those red rocks and blue, blue sky someday!

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  8. Great photos! It looks like you had a wonderful trip!

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  9. Beautiful photos! I love rocky places with sparse plants. It all seems so hardy.

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  10. Pictures are super lovely!!! I especially laughed at Cam's headstand and the one of you together is officially my favorite new picture of you both! Must get to Zion--it's been on my shortlist forever!

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  11. I miss camping so much, but I am not up for camping with an infant this year. I can't wait until my boys are older and we can camp all summer. Keeping this place on the list of "to dos" for later.

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  12. Awesome, thanks for the post. We are going in September and I'm super excited! (We like the whole National Park gig too- so far we've done Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier.) I must say that you look pretty darn good in your photos for camping and hiking. :)

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  13. I feel the same way about Vegas. We flew there for the sole reason of going to Death Valley National Park (which I haven't blogged about yet). I miss Zion so much. It looks like you guys had (mostly) perfect weather! I can't wait to get out there again so my husband can see Zion's beauty.

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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