Called a gem of the National Park system, Zion is a jaw-dropping paradise of towering red rock walls, tumbling waterfalls, hikes from gentle riverside strolls to multi-day backcountry excursions, and the surprising yet very welcome little town of Springdale nestled right by the park’s southern entrance. Why should you visit? My 10 favorite reasons:
1. Zion Narrows. World-famous, totally worthy of placement on your bucket list.
[photo: Ada Be/Flickr]
2. Junior Ranger Program. Get the kids involved. They learn, have fun, & you can relax a bit while they hang with the rangers.
3. Emerald Pools. Three pools, three hikes, amazing views all along.
4. Angels Landing. Hike smart, be rewarded with the most stunning views in Zion.
5. Kolob Arch. It’s a haul, but it takes you to one of the world’s largest freestanding arches. Sweet.
6. Zion Shuttle. They get it: a free, clean-fuel shuttle to cut down on pollution, traffic, & irritable visitors.
7. Pa’rus Trail. You can walk, jog, bike, take your leashed dog, navigate a wheelchair, push a stroller on it.
8. Observation Point. Deserving of its name. Bring your camera and exercise your lungs on the way up.
9. Canyon Trail Rides. Ride a horse through the scenery. Fun!
10. The Subway. No, not underground travel, but a cool slot canyon for adventuresome explorers.