Visiting Zion National Park in Utah

The Experience

We left the much-hated hotel as soon as possible after eating free breakfast without any protein. Our destination was Zion National Park. It’s about two and half hours of drive.

After we got out of Lost Wages, there’s nothing much to see except brown desert and desert plants.

View in Nevada

High Mountain Desert View in Nevada

Then we saw buildings, palm trees, and greens. It’s the CasaBlanca Resort Casino in Nevada. Once we passed it, the scenery turned back to desert and cacti.

View in Arizona

Desert View in Arizona, where we were passing through.

After driving awhile, we saw red mountains in the distance and believed we were not far from Zion National Park.

After entering in Utah, We stopped at St. George, where we had In-N-Out Burger. This burger joint was totally new to us because there’s no In-N-Out burger back home. In-N-Out was started in Southern California. And since it’s successful, more joints were opened up in other places, such as Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Oregon. The signature colors of its store were red, white and yellow for the outside as well as inside.

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger. A busy place with many workers.

In-N-Out Burger. A busy place with many workers.

The In-N-Out workers were paid well above other fast food places.

Hello yummy In-N-Out Burger

Hello yummy In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger's healthy description

In-N-Out Burger’s healthy description

The hamburgers came with lettuce, tomato, onions (optional), and a spread or sauce. We had ours Animal Style, which were cooked in a thin layer of mustard, pickles, grilled onions, and extra spread. I have to say that’s the best burger we have ever had. Fresh, yummy and healthy. The cost for the five of us? $26.

We parked our car in Springdale, Utah for free, then rode the free shuttle to the Zion National Park Visitor Center. It’s around 1 pm local time when we arrived there. We spent $30 at $6/person to buy the Zion National Park Admission passes and they were valid for 6 days. We then rode the free park shuttle to visit the park.

The first stop was the Zion Human History Museum. We watched a short movie about the history of Zion National Park.

Mountain View seen from the Zion Visitor Center. What struck me was that it wasn't barren. It had green trees!

Mountain View, seen from the Zion Visitor Center. What struck me was that it wasn’t barren. It had green trees!

We then rode the bus and got off at the Court of the Patriarchs.

The three Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The three Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. More vegetation.

Next, we stopped at Weeping Rock.

View of towering sandstone cliffs

View of towering sandstone cliffs

The Great Arch

The Great Arch

Beautiful breathtaking view

Beautiful breathtaking view

I spy water

I spy water

Picturesque view

Picturesque view

After walking the short and rather steep Weeping Rock Trail, we reached the Weeping Rock viewpoint at the top. The hike was cool and refreshing. The weeping was from a slot canyon called Echo Canyon high above. The water collected to form a small, tree-lined stream that trickled down the hillside before joining the Virgin River. The Virgin River emptied into Lake Mead and then into the Colorado River, which emptied into the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez).

Water trickling down

Water trickling down from the alcove.

Our last stop was The Temple of Sinawava and our main goal was hiking the Narrows. All narrow canyons are potentially hazardous. We saw warning signs regarding flash floods, cold water, and strong currents along the paved Riverside Walk. They presented real dangers that could be life-threatening. We followed the Riverside Walk that leads up the canyon for about one mile. Then the upstream Virgin River became the trail. The kids played a little in the cold river then we turned back. The Virgin River and time were what gave Zion Canyon (National Park) its beauty and life. It was a humbling experience to see that a trickle of water, given enough time, could carve and create this amazing place.

Zion Canyon seen from the paved Riverside Walk with a peek of the Virgin River

Zion Canyon seen from the paved Riverside Walk with a peek of the Virgin River

A rocky view of the Virgin River

A rocky view of the Virgin River

The Virgin River became the trail

The Virgin River became the trail

The weather was very cooperating. It was mostly sunny with a little drizzle to cool us down.

We were done sightseeing the park around 6:30 pm. We went back to our car via the free shuttle.

Our next destination was Page. We had to drive through Zion National Park first and the mountain drive was very difficult to manage with the tunnel and all the turns. Once we were out of Zion National Park, the road was better. We saw Bryce Canyon from distance, and when we were closer to Page, we saw Glen Canyon.

View of Zion seen from Mountain drive

View of Zion with lush greens seen from Mountain drive

We arrived at Page a little after 9 pm. We ordered Pizza from Pizza Hut for dinner that cost $21.05 after $10 off coupon.

The free Wi-Fi from our hotel in Page was terribly slow. But the hotel itself was much better than the previous nights.

Financial Implications of the Day: Would’ve Cost: $237.05, Actual Cost: $77.05

  • Hotel in Page with free Wi-Fi and breakfast: $160 cost us 0.

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