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Zion National Park Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals & Lodging

We hiked one of the MOST DANGEROUS hiking trails in the US while RAINING and HAILING!!! This trail is a must hike when you visit Zion National Park.
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We are living the American dream driving the Historic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica but we are doing some detours to visit some places we like.
In this 41st episode, we are visiting Zion National Park, hiking to Emerald Pools, to the Narrows and driving through Mt. Carmell Tunnel with Lucky LeAw, our old vintage truck camper.
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Zion National Park is an American national park located in Southwestern Utah near the city of Springdale. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which stretches 15 miles (24 km) long and spans up to half a mile (800 m) deep. It cuts through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest point in the park is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest peak is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park’s four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.

Human habitation of the area started about 8,000 years ago with small family groups of Native Americans, one of which was the semi-nomadic Basketmaker Anasazi (300 CE). Subsequently, the Virgin Anasazi culture (500 CE) and the Parowan Fremont group developed as the Basketmakers settled in permanent communities.[4] Both groups moved away by 1300 and were replaced by the Parrusits and several other Southern Paiute subtribes. Mormons came into the area in 1858 and settled there in the early 1860s. In 1909, President William Howard Taft named the area Mukuntuweap National Monument in order to protect the canyon. In 1918, the acting director of the newly created National Park Service, Horace Albright, drafted a proposal to enlarge the existing monument and change the park’s name to Zion National Monument, a name used by the Mormons. According to historian Hal Rothman: “The name change played to a prevalent bias of the time. Many believed that Spanish and Indian names would deter visitors who, if they could not pronounce the name of a place, might not bother to visit it. The new name, Zion, had greater appeal to an ethnocentric audience.” On November 20, 1919, the United States Congress established the monument as Zion National Park, and it was signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The Kolob section was proclaimed a separate Zion National Monument in 1937, but was incorporated into the park in 1956.

The Emerald Pools Trail begins at the Zion Lodge westward to Lower Emerald Pool. Built in 1932, it was created using only hand tools. An extension built the same year runs to the Grotto Campground. The first section required the construction of stone steps to a high standard of design and finish. Repairs to the stonework were carried out in 1969. The 2.2-mile (3.5 km) trail was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 14, 1987.

The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, Utah. Situated on the North Fork of the Virgin River and upstream of the main canyon, The Narrows is one of the premier hikes in the park and on the Colorado Plateau.

The Zion – Mount Carmel Highway is a 25 mi long road in Utah in the USA, with a 1.1 mi long tunnel. The road runs from the entrance to Zion National Park eastward to Mount Carmel Junction with U.S. Route 89 as a portion of Utah State Route 9. The road became part of a loop tour of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Visiting The Narrows at Zion National Park and “hiking” Angel’s Landing during quarantine! We actually hit Zion NP at the end of off season in May of 2018 and chose to hike The Narrows. Zion was one of the most crowded parks we visited during our time on the road, but it was still stunning even with all the people. You definitely have to venture a pretty good way though to have less people on your hike of The Narrows.

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ZION DAY 1: March 13, 2020

Upper Emerald Pools Trail
Canyon Overlook Trail
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ANGELS LANDING / THE NARROWS The amazingest Hikes of the West American !!!!!
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Travelled from Beaver to Zion National Park, where we hiked The Narrows, and then Lower Emerald Pools. Followed by exit through the Carmel Tunnel.
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Part (2/2): Two Amazing National Park in Utah – Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park! Trish and I went on a 3 days trip after our final exams and visited a few …
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Here is a video from when I knocked out a 9-mile hike at Zion National Park, through the infamous Narrows. I started at the Temple of Sinawava and hiked through the Narrows to Orderville Slot. I passed Mystery Falls, Floating Rock, the Grottos, and several other water features falling high above from the tall canyon walls. Most of the “hike” was done wading through waist-deep, 40-degree water.
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River Walk in the Rain
Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah

Our final day in Zion was spent going on a little walk along the Virgin River in the rain. The clouds hugging the canyon cliffs was beautiful. We hiked out to the start of the Narrows. Hiking the Narrows is 100% on our bucket list, and we hope to complete it next time we’re in Zion!

We then drove up Highway 9 through the Mount Carmel Tunnel, up to Checkerboard Mesa and back, in search of big horn sheep. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any this time, but it was a beautiful drive as we left Zion for our next and final stop of the trip.

Have you ever hiked the Narrows? Let us know down below!

Where we stayed: Holiday Inn Express Springdale (not sponsored, but if Holiday Inn Express wants to sponsor us, we would be 100% down)

Read our blog post about our time in Zion here: https://hnhmarriedlife.wordpress.com/2020/03/13/explore-zion-national-park/

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Here is a video from when I hiked down The Narrows at Zion National Park and checked out Orderville Slot canyon. All in all, I did a 9-mile hike through the frigid 40-degree water of the Virgin River, as I passed several waterfalls, floating rock, grottos, and Wall Street. What a beautiful hike.
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