I'm up to the third road trip blog post and today we’re talking about ZION NATIONAL PARK! I have to start by saying, this is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life and one day here was not nearly enough. Zion is definitely best done in at least three days in order to do some of the most spectacular hikes. Some of them can even take an entire day just to complete one hike! But we made the best of the time we had here and accomplished as much as we could in the time we had.
I have to start with the amazing place we stayed!
We found these incredible cabins you can stay in thats just a short drive away from Zion. It’s called Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Basically you get your own private mini cabin which is the most adorable place ever! The entire grounds of this resort has a ton of stuff you can do too, like zip lining, mini golf, hot tubs, and so much more! If you’re going to Zion, we highly recommend you look into saying here.
Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind when I think about this day is how bitterly cold it was! And when I say cold I mean it! Even when the sun was out, the wind would rip right through whatever protection we had from the weather. We did go in January, so I’m sure depending on the time of year, that would definitely change. But if you plan to go in the winter, come prepared. I even wore my socks on her hands for part of the trip to keep them warm!
One of the main places we wanted to check out was the Narrows! So we took the 30 minute walk along the Emerald Pools to get to the entrance of the Narrows. And unfortunately, that’s as far as we made it because at that time of year the water is up more than three feet and we definitely did not have the equipment needed for a hike through deep water. The hike along the Emerald Pools was still beautiful though and definitely worth our time. Plus, it’s one of the easier hikes at Zion!
weeping rocks trail
We also went for a scenic walk along Weeping Rocks Trail. Essentially theres a waterfall that flows from the top of the rocks down and makes it look as if the rocks are crying, hence the name. You can even walk under the waterfall if you don’t mind getting a little wet! Since we went in the winter, there wasn’t a lot of water flow, but it was still pretty cool to see! This was definitely the easiest hike we did all day. It only took 15 or 20 minutes to get there and the trail is super easy to walk along.
canyon overlook trail
Our last stop in Zion was the Canyon Overlook Trail! We had read online that this was a must-do for your first time in Zion, so we knew we had to stop there. This was a fairly easy hike all and all and only took about 30 or 40 minutes each way. The most challenging part is honestly right at the beginning because there is such a steep up hill. But from there, things get much easier. And the end point of this hike is incredible! The view is so gorgeous, you can see so much of the canyon! There also tons of rocks where you can easily climb to a higher point and see even further! We probably ended up spending almost an hour at the actual look out just taking in the views and snapping photos.
And that was our time in Zion!
Like I mentioned, I really wish that we had had more time to explore more of the trails, but hopefully we’ll be back soon! The pure size of Zion is almost hard to wrap your mind around. There’s so much to see, so if you’re planning your trip and can squeeze more than one day at Zion into your schedule DO IT! Trust me, you won’t regret it!