Zion Canyon - Stunning!
Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
35Trip End Jun 19, 2009
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Then we entered Zion National Park. It is stunning!
This time we are within the canyon, although it is really a valley, green with Cottonwood trees and the Virgin River running through it. The rock walls and peaks all around are just amazing. They are huge, towering over a thousand metres above us, reaching an altitude of more than 8000 feet which is over 2300 metres. Many have interesting names, based on biblical people and places, like the Court of the Patriarchs and The Temple. For those of you who have been to Monolith Valley and Deep Pass and enjoyed them, come to Zion!
Our campsite is just perfect - by the river, right at the end, next to a picnic table where we have our dinners in the warmth of the early evening. A bit of a long walk to the shuttle buses but that is bearable.
The shuttles are another good idea of the NPS - I couldn't imagine being there with thousands of cars, buses and RVs thundering down the valley. We just caught the shuttle everywhere, getting off at a viewpoint or walking track, with the next one coming 5 or 10 minutes later.
Today we went to Zion National Park, Mum said she got one of the best spots next to the river for us.
As soon as we got there, Melanie, Hannah and I rushed to the river and started to build a bridge over one side of the river (the water was 5 degrees C). On the other side we saw two men going white water kayaking (I thought it was a good spot).
The next morning Mum Hannah and I went on the river side walk. On the way we saw a deer and the deer looked like it was posing for photos. Next we saw a wild turkey and the path split in two Hannah and I went one way and Mum went the other. Hannah and I saw a rock squirrel. The squirrel looked like it was not afraid of us, unlike the other squirrels. The next day my Dad and I went horseback riding. Even when my Dad is scared of horses because he has been kicked by one.
My Dad's horse was called Star (boy) and my horse was called Satin. When Dad and I got back I got out and helped him reverse the RV to our site.
Where I stayed