Celebrate Thanksgiving in Zion National Park

Food, What's New — By julietrevelyan on November 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Ahh, Thanksgiving. Turkey, the kids’ table, football on the TV or the backyard, food preparation anxiety, travel trauma. Those things often define the holiday for many. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Have you ever tried celebrating Thanksgiving in a national park? A place like Zion National Park can offer a gorgeous, soothing alternative to the chaos that often surrounds this travel- and family-heavy holiday.

Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner:

-the Red Rock Grill in the Zion Lodge. This is right inside the Park itself. Reservations required; call (435) 772-7760.

-your campground. Both Watchman and South will be open, although several loops in Watchman might be closed for construction. Making your own Thanksgiving dinner while camping is an unforgettable experience!

Where to walk off said dinner:

-Pa’rus Trail — easy stroll along the Virgin River. Perfect for digesting both dinner and views.

-The Watchman Overlook Trail — short but steep, this will melt away those mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

-Observation Point — this toughie will kick those calories right out of you.

-Angels Landing — if you eat two full Thanksgiving dinners, you might have enough energy to tackle this famously steep Zion hike.

[photos courtesy of atbaker and The Gifted Photographer]

Tags: angels landing, observation point, Red Rock Grill, Thanksgiving, Watchman, Zion

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