Those who have visited Zion National Park in Utah know well what this headline means. Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the U.S. It has gorgeous canyons and several trails that are sure to give you a great experience every time you visit. Zion Park’s tall rock formations of vibrant and distinct red colors are the most impressive view to see.
My first trip with my kids to Zion National Park was on Thanksgiving day in 2015, and it was an unforgettable trip. It was a cold day, and the park had already snow in some areas, but it was a beautiful sunny day, worth telling you the story.
An Overview of Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in the southern part of Utah. If you travel by car, the road is straightforward to get there. No risks of getting lost. Here is Google Maps Directions to Zion Park. The experience of seeing the beautiful scenery starts long before you arrive at the main gate in the park. Driving to get there is a great experience to have.
Also, Zion Park has many trails for all levels of hiking. From the ones that are just a short distance walking to the ones that are a few hours round trip. Being ready with food, equipment, and water on those longer hikes is very important. We got a chance to hike the trail at The Narrows on a different trip, and that was a fantastic experience. When you get to the entrance, make sure you get their maps available and ask as many questions as possible. Or you can stop by the visitor center and get all your information there, plus they have videos and more details about the history of the park.
This park is a popular travel destination so if I can give you a piece of advice, avoid the weekends and holidays in the spring and summer seasons. It can get very crowded. Only buses drive inside the park, but believe me; they are very convenient. The buses will drop you off at the most important sites of the park. If you are planning to go for a day hike, there are many trails with incredible views. You can get more information at Zion National Park official website.
When it comes to lodging, hotels are available at your choice at the neighboring towns or inside the park. Camping sites are also available inside the park if you are planning to experience the nature at Zion National Park for an extended time. I certainly plan to go back for a camping experience with my kids. However, this time was just for the day.
A Memorable Thanksgiving Day
This trip was so much fun because my nephew was coming with us. I always have fun seeing my son and my nephew, which is a few years older than my son, fighting and giving each other a hard time. Well, it’s fun until they get mad at each other, then I have to step in and tell them to stop arguing. On this trip, I was still living in Las Vegas, so we left around 7 a.m., and it took us about 2.5 hours to get there. Everyone was sleeping during the entire trip to Zion Park.
By the time we got there, it was almost lunchtime. I was expecting the park to be more crowded, but to my surprise, it wasn’t. Getting from one point to the other was fast, but as I said before, it was a cold day. We planned to go to the last point first, the Temple of Sinawava and work our way back. The Temple of Sinawava is the beginning point on the hike to The Narrows at Zion, and it has impressive tall walls of red rock formations. Just breathtaking!
After spending a couple of hours at the Temple of Sinawava, the kids were hungry, so we stopped by the Zion Lodge to grab a few treats and water. That is a beautiful hotel inside the park, and it seems very pricey to stay there but it is gorgeous. We rested in the sitting area they have and were facing the beautiful view of the park. That was a sweet moment to be with my kids and just inhale the pure cold air while appreciating the scenery.
We then got up and crossed the road to the other side to go check out the Emerald Pool Trails. It is an easy trail, and it takes about 15 minutes walking to get to the Emerald Pools, which is a beautiful spot that I would recommend not to miss visiting. When we got there, we could see the small pools of water formed by water coming from the rocks above.
After visiting Emerald Pools, it was getting dark, and it was time to go home. We rode the bus back to the visitor’s park and drove back to the hotel in the city of Hurricane. Since it was Thanksgiving Day and we were starving we were planning to eat at someplace in town, but all places were closed. After driving around with our tummies rumbling, we found one place open. We went in and had the best meal ever and went back to the hotel to a well-deserved rest. Trying to convince my son that it was ok to sleep next to his cousin in the same bed was a little tricky, but in the end, his tiredness won over his argument. Yes, our bodies were tired but our spirits were refreshed because being in touch with nature is not a luxury, but a necessity to my family.
Gallery of Our Trip to Zion National Park
Video of Our Trip to Zion National Park
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