I went to a work conference in Las Vegas and decided to get a one way ticket to take advantage of some time out west. After the conference, a friend and I planned to drive to the Grand Canyon, then visit my family in Phoenix and fly home.
Last minute we decided to stop at Zion National Park in Utah. We thought it was somewhat on the way and would be a great spot for a picnic lunch. Boy were we wrong.
I didn’t know how magnificent Zion was and we ended up spending all day exploring until the moon was up.
The park offers a hop on/hop off tram which is such a nice way to see the park! We got off at almost every stop and walked around a bit. I loved seeing the Weeping Rock. We also walked as far as we could into the Narrows before we had to turn around before dark. Trekking through ankle-deep water, the Narrows had me in awe at every turn. I absolutely want to make it back to Zion for more hiking and camping.
We grabbed dinner at a restaurant in the small town where we parked the rental and headed toward the Grand Canyon.
We drove through the dark seeing countless deer which was both amazing and stressful. We made it to our reserved campsite on the North Rim after midnight and set our hammocks up as quietly as possible.
So, we greeted the Canyon in the dark but woke up to its gorgeous sunrise. Knowing we only had the day and would be heading to Phoenix, we drove our car along the trials, stopping a viewpoints or trials as we wanted.
Have you ever been to either park? What other National Parks are must-sees? Tell me in the comments below.