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Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is a beautiful park in Utah that can be experienced by anyone. Most of the park can be seen by car or shuttle bus.

If you have the energy for it, you can walk some of the beautiful hiking trails. One of its most famous is Angel’s Landing, which is quite a strenuous hike.

We were a little put off by the number of people when taking the shuttle, as well as the number of people hiking to Angel’s Landing, so we decided to do something a little different.

We drove the Zion Park Scenic Byway, and found some magical places with very little people around. Here are a few things you can find along the scenic byway:

Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs are rock carvings made by pecking directly on the rock surface using a stone chisel and a hammer stone. Random fact, rock paintings are called pictographs.

To find the petroglyphs travel down the byway you pass through two tunnels, one that is quite lengthy and a second shorter tunnel.

When you pass the second small tunnel, drive approximately 1.4 miles past it ,and you will see a small stone wall on the left; continue, to find a wooden fence on your right with a parking bay.

You can park by the wooden fence and walk back to the stone wall, just off the road behind it you will find a tunnel that passes under the road.

Don’t walk through the tunnel, if you stay on the stone wall side of the tunnel and walk you will find the petroglyphs. 

It is indicated that humans have occupied Zion for 7000 years. The age of the petroglyphs is unknown but could date back this long as well. 

I hope that people treat these with respect, as the more they are touched, the faster it is going to be damaged and worn down.

There is a barrier set around the carvings, and the petroglyphs really are beautiful to see.

I hope it will continue to be treated with respect and be preserved for many years more.

If you wonder through the small canyon here, you will find some beautiful walks and rock formations.

Wearing a pair really great approach shoes with climbing rubber on the soles, it will make it a lot easier to walk and scramble through the sandstone rock formations.

Small Slot Canyons

Continuing on past the wooden fence, to the next parking bay on the right. Here you’ll find some beautiful small slot canyons, and an approach to a climbing route just off the road.

Walking down off the road will bring you to a tunnel that runs underneath, you can walk through to the other side and find more crevices to explore.

It’s easy to wonder off and make your way back, you can always hear cars driving by. But, I promise you won’t find anywhere near as many people in this area.

Please experience the park in all its natural beauty and respect it. There is no place for graffiti or rubbish in Zion National Park.

Crystals and Gems

I absolutely love crystals and gems. When driving into Zion National Park you will find multiple gem shops scattered down the main street.

Even if you don’t want to invest in any, I highly recommend stopping in to have a look around at their spectacular pieces.

The prices are fair, and the shop owners are really friendly.