Thursday, June 12, 2014

welcome to utah: zion national park


after visiting antelope canyon and horseshoe bend we sat around our campsite trying to figure out what we were going to do for the rest of the day. we had planned on camping two nights at lake powell, thinking we could visit the rainbow bridge or monument valley, but after realizing how difficult it was to get to the rainbow bridge and how far in the wrong direction monument valley was, we changed our plans. we'd seen a map at the glen canyon dam and discovered that we were less than two hours away from zion national park so we packed up our campsite and headed into utah!

 





the drive from page, arizona, to zion was spectacular, but it was nothing compared to the incredible beauty we were presented with at zion. from the moment you enter zion to the moment you leave, approximately ten miles later, the views are breathtaking. the rock formations are majestic and grand and so worth the $25 fee to enter the park. unfortunately, since we decided to visit zion so last minute there wasn't anywhere to stay, campgrounds had been booked for months, so we only spent an hour in the park before driving through in search of a place to camp at on the other side. it's our goal to visit again in the next year or so, and if you haven't been to zion, go, now. it's amazing.










this is one of my favorite photos of the whole week long trip. something about the way the light is hitting the watchman is just so gorgeous and ethereal!




zion has tons of campgrounds to stay at, but it's important to make reservations well in advance of your trip. if you're a last minute planner, like we are, check out this website for cheap or free places to camp in the zion area. or you can always check out local BLM land.