Last week I shared with you A New Buddy I Discovered in Zion, well here is the rest of our trip.
The days in Zion were a perfect temperature for hiking, exploring and just being outside.
We did the notorious 2 mile round-trip Riverside Walk. Due to the abundance of rain the previous couple of days The Narrows hike was closed. We probably wouldn’t have done it anyways. Our feet would have froze.
Ready to go!
The Virgin River
Making his way to the end of the path.
Time was spent down by the Virgin River throwing rocks in the water, scrambling over rocks and tying wild onions around branches. J-Man rode his bike along the bike paths, we spotted Deer and Big Horn Sheep.
J-man took his awesome sauce, as he likes to say, and hiked 3 miles round-trip to the lower, middle and upper Emerald Pools on his own.
Lower pool down below.
Taking a snapshot of the middle pool.
Upper pool with a layer of frozen ice on top.
Heading down from the upper pool.
Frozen branches at the lower pool near the waterfall.
We did a bit of leaf rubbing in the lounge area of the Zion Lodge one evening where we enjoyed hot cocoa and a dinner out.
We hiked the 1 mile round-trip Canyon Overlook Trail with J-Man’s hand gripped in mine. There’s quite a few drop offs on this hike so we took it slow and steady. Beautiful view at the end, but of course, I forgot to take a picture of it.
Have I mentioned that I am fearful of any type of bridge?
Narrow section of the trail.
We explored some of the upper section of the park and in doing so we scrambled down a hillside that most people repel down… but that’s another post.
One of our favorite things to do is to explore side trails and walk down washes.
Where does that go?
Super deep slot canyon.
To top off the trip we took a little detour on our way home and visited the northwest section of Zion – Kolob Canyon. This section of the park gets very few visitors due to it’s location. It can not be accessed by a vehicle from the main area of the park. Lucky for us it is on our way home.
We ended up doing a short 2.4 mile hike in this area, Middle Fork of Taylor Creek, and look forward to going back to explore some more. Certainly don’t want to go in the warm months as this is a very popular rattlesnake hang out. ACK!! AND a Mountain Lion habitat.
Although there are tons of rattlesnakes in the area this would be a great hiking during the hot months. Just in the 2.4 miles we hiked we crossed the creek 20+ times.
A bit of snow in sections of the hike.
1930’s Larsen Cabin where we turned around.
Can’t wait to go back, hopefully, in the Spring.
Have you ever been to Zion National Park? What National Park is your favorite to visit?