Kitsch Kanab and Zion
Trip Start Sep 07, 2009
39Trip End Nov 17, 2009
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We arrived at our motel, Quail Lodge, and we were dead happy with our choice (another tripadvisor favourite). The motel was a very kitsch, 1950's, roadside building that had been recently done-up. The beds were so comfortable and we had one each! We ate out at a really nice 1950's diner too, The Rewind. Kanab seemed like a really great place to stay for a couple of nights and it made a refreshing change be staying in a nice little town away from the dust of the desert
23/10/2209 - We woke up in the morning and enjoyed the free doughnuts and pastries (and Earl Grey tea!), that the motel provided for breakfast. We had hoped to stay another night at Quail Lodge, but they were fully booked, so we checked out and drove down the road to another 1950s motel, Parry Lodge. We reserved a room and then drove on to Zion National Park. Two couples we had met during our travels had both said we had to visit the park, so we had high expectations. We approached the park from the east along Rroute 9, which has to be one of the most beautiful drives in the states. It was stunning. At the park entrance we had to pay $25.00 to enter, which we thought was s bit steep, but does cover you for 7 days (although we were only visiting for one). Once in the park, you have to park your car and catch a shuttle bus that travels up and down the canyon with various drop off points. At first we thought this was s bit annoying as we had planned to drive around ourselves, but we soon realised it was a great idea. The park receives over 3 million visitors a year, and before the introduction of the shuttle bus, the traffic queues were a nightmare.
As we only had a few hours to capture the best of the park, we took the bus to the top of the canyon, where there was riverside trail
During our walk we saw some rock climbers who were ascending the cliff walls thousands of feet up, what an incredible sight. We also saw lots of deer and even a bald eagle soaring around the canyon (see video). After a few hours, we reluctantly caught the bus back down to the car. There are numerous walks and hikes to be done within the park and you could literally spend a whole week there and still not see all there is to see. It certainly was as beautiful as we had been promised. We returned back to our motel weary, but relaxed by the memories of beautiful Zion Canyon.