#206: Hike in Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

LOCATION: Zion National Park. Zion, Utah

This is part of my Zion Trip series. This is the end of the series.

            Even though my canyoneering trip was long and tiring, I wanted to experience Zion National Park while I was here. Upon entering, the mountains were gigantic and all around me. They were also the prettiest red with white tops. They were seriously massive and it was amazing to see the views in just the main area. Since I only had a short amount of time, I decided to do the Weeping Rock Trail. It was short, somewhat steep and had impressive views from a window lookout behind a waterfall. The shuttle let us out at a central location for a few trails. I looked at the map and went on my way.

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The trail was paved, but continued to get steeper and steeper. Some parts were practically a full incline. My knee was in tremendous pain from the canyoneering excursion and it definitely made it a struggle for these steep uphill portions. However, I continued to go. After about 30 minutes, I knew that I had surpassed the 1.5 miles that the Weeping Trail should have been. What had gone wrong? I had amazing views, but nothing with a waterfall or a lookout window. After hiking a little further, I decided that I needed to head back since it was getting late. I hiked back to the bottom of the trail and looked at the map again. Somehow, on the way to Weeping Rock, I had taken a wrong turn and managed to take the Hidden Valley Trail instead. Based on the picture, you can see why this would be somewhat confusing and I don’t remember seeing any road signs saying otherwise. The hike I ended up taking was actually much harder than the Weeping Rock one. I had to laugh at my inability to get it all straight. Luckily for me, the waterfall wasn’t running that day. The hike I went on proved to have much prettier views than what I wanted to go on anyways.

The Map I should have studied more closely

The Map I should have studied more closely

I only had a short day at Zion, but in that short time I realized that this is by far one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been to or seen before. I fell in love. I want to come back. I want to stay here forever. Goodbye for now Zion, I will return.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Yes. This is by far the best place I’ve ever been to.

HOW TO DO THIS: Zion National Park entrance fee is $25 for a car or $12 for a person without a car.  http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

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