We're hiking to Zion
Trip Start Aug 06, 2009
25Trip End Sep 03, 2009
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Took advantage and slept in, letting the sun rise enough to warm the canyon walls. Since I arrived late last night I missed the details of the canyon on the way down to the floor but I’ll take
Jump on the bus and head to our first stop, Court of the Patriarchs. It’s a really short 10-minute trail that gives you a great view of Sentinel rock and the three patriarchs.
Next stop, the Emerald Pool Trails at Zion Lodge. This trail is made up of three separate hikes that will lead to a small, medium and large pools with waterfalls. Found some friends along the way plus this incredible view of the north side of the canyon.
One of the cooler hikes is a one mile stretch along the Virgin River that leads up to the Temple of Sinawava, one of the early Paiute Indians. It’s definitely worth the hike because once there the shoes come off and the river is at your beckoned call.
The total tour of the canyon floor takes about three hours; if you walk the trails then it turns into a whole day. I decide to call it a day, plus the fact the heat is drying me out says its time to head to Bryce Canyon. Exiting the canyon reveals some beautiful layers in the rocks, unfortunately there is no place to stop so I use the shoot and drive method once again.
Bryce Canyon is about an hour away and shares a lot of the same geological plates with Zion. The entrance of Bryce is named Red valley due to the sheer amount of red sandstone.
One inside the park there are multiple view points around the canyon and I chose Sunrise point as a start, simple because it has an incredible amount of “hoodoos”. The hoodoos are the pillars of rock that have been left by erosion. Sunset gives them one look but I’m sure that in the morning there will be a completely different feel.
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