Zion National Park – Heaven on Earth
My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness. ~ MichelangeloBut when you get to the top the answer to that becomes quite obvious. Angel's Landing may be the most aptly named place I've ever seen. The view of the main Zion Canyon from Angel's Landing is unbelievable and absolutely takes your breath away. This trail is not for the faint of heart, but well worth the knee-shaking ascent to the top. Be sure to check out my detailed Angel's Landing Trail Guide for a full description of this amazing little piece of heaven on earth.
On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. ~ Jules RenardOn the way back down I ended up jogging the last mile or so of the trail next to a young woman from Iowa. When we got onto the shuttle we started talking and I introduced her to the Yonder app. She is definitely a kindred spirit and I love seeing all of the adventures that she shares. It was great to make a new friend out on the trail. That night I camped out along the river at the Zion Canyon Campground. It's a nice little RV Campground just up the road from Zion National Park. The price is a little high, there was no electric at my site, the showers weren't very good, and the WiFi was spotty at best. But the location was perfect and overall it was a decent place to crash for the two nights that I was here, and I was fortunate enough to get a site on this last minute trip, as most everything in this area books up months in advance. The next morning I was up early to try and catch one of the first shuttles up to the Temple of Sinawava. I wanted to beat the crowds into The Narrows and be able to experience some of its beauty before the flocks of tourists made there way up there. It was a little after 8am by the time I got up there and there were only a handful of people that had gotten out a head of me. This made for some great photo opportunities without anyone in the frame and was well worth the early wake up. The Narrows were absolutely amazing! Hiking through the river and seeing the canyon walls towering above you is an unbelievable experience. Around every bend in the river was another incredible sight to see. The pictures that I had seen of The Narrows in no way did it any justice. The canyon walls are just too immense for you to appreciate their magnitude without standing beneath them. This is truly something that you need to experience for yourself. If you've only got a day to spend in Zion, make sure you spend it in the Narrows. Don't forget to check out my detailed Zion Narrows Trail Guide before you go. I only had a half a day to spend here and although I made the most of it by hiking about 3.5 miles in, it definitely wasn't enough time. I would have stayed a full day here, but there was another gorgeous slot canyon outside the park that I was dying to check out as well. By the time I started to head back down the river The Narrows were congested with people, and while still a fun experience, it had definitely lost the feeling of peace and tranquility that I enjoyed on the hike up. I caught the shuttle and headed back out of the park to stop by the Zion Adventure Company where I had the opportunity to meet a fellow Yonderer who had recently moved to the area and was loving all that it had to offer. It was really cool to be able to meet someone that I had been interacting with on the Yonder app! After a quick hello and chat I headed back to the campground for lunch, took a mid afternoon siesta, and resupplied before heading back out to Kanarra Falls. You can read all about that adventure in my next post... My only regret in visiting Zion National Park was that I didn't have more time to spend there. Zion National Park is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world and will always hold a special place in my heart. I can't wait to go back and explore it some more! Until next time. Namaste!
Here's some albums with more pictures from my adventures in Zion National Park