Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Embark on a journey in the majestic Zion National Park. With its sandstone canyons, deep valleys, and awe inspiring views. Zion promises to be an unforgettable experience. From gemstones to petroglyphs, Zion National Park has something for everyone. There are plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure.
Getting around Zion National Park
Zion is a beautiful National Park located in Utah is an experience for anyone. You can see most of the park by car or shuttle bus. There are hiking trails scattered throughout the National Park. One of its most famous hiking trails is Angels Landing, which is quite a strenuous hike.
The number of people when taking the shuttle was a little overwhelming. As well as the number of people hiking to Angels Landing. As a result, we decided to drive away from the crowds and explore the park on our own. 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.
Exploring Small Slot Canyons
We found some amazing sights off the byway. Exploring slot canyons and the sandstone was amazing. One of the locations I enjoyed most was the open park, not marked on any map.
To get here drive past the Many Pools Trailhead for about 1.4km (0.9 miles). Then stop at the next parking bay on the right, coordinates are 37.223627, -112.903738. This is where you’ll find some small slot canyons to explore. You will also find the approach to the Keyhole Canyon climbing route.
Walk down off the road and you will find a tunnel that runs underneath the road. You can walk through to the other side and find more crevices to explore.
Crystals and Gems in Zion
I love crystals and gemstones. While driving into Zion National Park you will find loads of gem shops. You will find them scattered down the main street. You don’t need to invest in any to appreciate them. Although, their prices are fair, and the shop owners are friendly. I recommend stopping in either way to have a look at some of their spectacular pieces.
Check out my detailed post on where to find the Petroglyphs in Zion National Park.
Humans have occupied Zion for 7000 years. The age of the petroglyphs is unknown, but could date back this long as well. What are Petroglyphs? They are rock carvings made by pecking on the rock surface using a stone chisel and a hammer stone. These are different to rock paintings, called pictographs.
Angels Landing Hike
One of the most visited places in Zion National Park is Angels Landing. The hike is challenging, so you are responsible for your own safety. The National Park offer some advice to assist you to minimise dangers, and make sure you have a fun hike. Everyone who hikes Angels Landing must obtain a permit. This started on April 1, 2022, in response to worries about crowding and congestion on the trail. For more information about this visit the Zion National Park website.
Zion National Park Essentials
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat.
- Approach shoes or hiking shoes, especially if you’re exploring the sandstone.
- Food and water, there isn’t much around inside the national park.
- First Aid Kit, this is just an essential in most National Parks.
- Camera or smartphone to take photos.
- Appropriate clothing and layers. Guests are always surprised by the weather. It is either cooler or warmer than they expected. Look at the long term forecast while packing.
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