Instead of a long-form post on Zion I’ll share some of the things that stick out in my mind, along with some photos of the gorgeous place (and some of Red Canyon).
- Zion is HOT in the summer. At ~3,800′ elevation, the canyon floor was around 100 degrees every day, but there was a cool river to play in!
- We’re in Mormon country. Everyone from here seems to be Mormon. The Mormons were the first settlers in Zion Canyon and mountains are named after biblical figures. One guy (adult) we met doesn’t watch R-rated movies. Most adults we know seek them out.
- We found a boondocking site ultra-close to the park’s (main) southern entrance. Literally walking distance from the entrance station, quiet, and in the foothills of ridiculously gorgeous mountains.
- The 2,000′ high red sandstone cliffs kick Sedona’s ass, and there are countless spots to sit down and enjoy them from. My fave: Temple of Sinawava, where you can relax next to the river on soft sand beneath towering sheer sandstone. Oh, and there’s a waterfall in front of you as well.
- You really need to spend some time in the parks to appreciate their beauty.
- Each park that we’ve been to has something unique to offer.