Zion National Park is like the set of a movie that’s so grand you know it’s fake, but you don’t care because it’s spectacular to look at; the kind of flick where the art director was given carte blanche and didn’t worry about believability. Located in southwest part of Utah, this amazing nature preserve can be easily distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs, scenic drive and dreamy forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Also along the river, partly through deep chasms, is Zion Narrows wading hike.
Once you decide to embark on this amazing adventurous journey get ready for an overdose of awesome. The dramatic natural wonders oz the Zion Canyon will leave you speechless (and out of breath if you are in such a poor shape as I was). Hiking downriver through the Narrows or peering beyond Angels Landing after a 1400ft ascent is indeed amazing. These ''bajillion'' years old magnificent rock formations give a whole different feel from the barren parks like the Grand Canyon and the best part is that anyone can do it. You will be able to encounter old, young, toddlers, tourist, Americans and everyone and anyone on these trails.
Zion Park's services are truly impeccable and well organized. Shuttle service leaves every 10-15 minutes and takes you to all the hikable trails such as ''The Narrows'', ''Angels Landing'' and ''Emerald Pools''. Summers are hot (100°F, or 38°C, is common), though summer nighttime temperatures drop into the 70s (low 20s in Celsius). Beware of sudden cloudbursts from July to September. Make sure to bring a bug repellent and plenty of warm/dry cloths.
We decided to go full on ''Glamping'' mode while at Zion because who doesn't like to combine the experience of camping with a little glamour? We enjoyed gazing up at the beautiful southern Utah stars, waking up in the morning to the smell of a great outdoors country breakfast and at the same time we got our wireless internet and a shower. Who says you cant make the cake and eat it too? We stayed 3 full days at Zion and our ''Glamping'' resort of choice was Zion River Resort ( http://www.zionriverresort.com/ ).
Word of advice make sure to book your spot early as this resort, as almost every other resort, motel or hotel in Zion, is fully booked at all times. Once settled you can either drive to the Park gates and park there before embarking on your hike (go early as the parking places are limited) or you can take the shuttle bus from the nearest town and enjoy your day care free. Shuttles are free of charge!
The entrance to the park is around 27$ (12$ per person and 15$ for the vehicle)!
If you want to get more interesting tips on Zion check out the following page: https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm.