During our April trip to southwest Utah and Arizona, I was almost most definitely most most most excited about Zion. Ever since learning about the national parks and studying them all obsessively, Zion stood out to me as one of the best. To me, it has the prominence and the prestige, without the hype and attention that places like Grand Canyon and Yellowstone get. Not saying those places are bad or overrated or not worthy, but I like how Zion is kept as a bit more of a secret. Plus the VIEWS!
So after Bryce Canyon, we were off to the fifth national park in Utah, which live together as a group called the Mighty 5. If you’d to see my posts on them:
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
AND FINALLY! ZION NATIONAL PARK!
Angels Landing hike (the most fun, most rewarding hike I’ve done to date!):
The hike was a series of pretty long, steady switchbacks, and then once we climbed into the canyon a bit, there were a smaller series of very small but steep switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles. After that we were at Scout Lookout, a checkpoint with amazing canyon views and the end of regular hiking. Those unafraid of heights/into basically rockclimbing then go up the giant rollercoaster of rocks to reach the very top of that big ass hill. There are chains along the way to help, but it was still VERY tough (in my opinion).
Luckily, I am not afraid of heights and the fact that there was often only a foot or two of rock to each side of me as I was climbing didn’t scare me – it actually was such an adrenaline rush. And the accomplishment, astonishment, and unbridled happiness I felt at the top was something I’ll remember til I perish.
We hiked the Narrows Riverwalk, but the Narrows themselves were closed due to flooding 😦
In finishing, Zion was pretty chill.