The Watchman Trail – Prince's Plume flowers in front of the Watchman

The West Temple from the Watchman Trail

The Watchman Overlook

I wanted to share with you our trip to Zion NP, the fourth busiest national park in the United States. The beauty of this park is unsurpassed by any other and the hiking opportunities are legendary. During the trip, members of our group did the Watchman Trail, the Lower Emerald Pools Trail, Weeping Rock, Canyon Overlook, Pine Canyon, Zion Narrows with the Riverwalk, Pa'rus Trail, tubing down the Virgin River, Angel's Landing and part of the West Rim. The Observation Point, Hidden Canyon, and Kayenta Trail were closed due to rockfalls but the Narrows opened two days after we got there and John took 4 family members up the uncharted territory of the new season. He reported that it was somewhat deeper than the past couple of years and had several logs in new places. They also saw one log floating downstream! Hmm. But, they had a blast! There is a bit of road construction going on in town and, after a rocky start, they have the signals working efficiently now for traffic. The first shuttle leaves the Visitor Center at 6am and we took advantage of that for the Angel's Landing hike. There were still a lot of hikers but with the opening of the Narrows, Angel's Landing had quieted down a little bit. I hope you will enjoy the photos!

The Watchman Trail Descent

Emerald Pools Bridge – Down the Virgin River at the Zion Lodge

The Canyon Overlook Trail

Hiking the Canyon Overlook Trail with the Fam

Canyon Overlook Trail – Yes, that's the trail!

Zion Canyon Overlook

Teaching the Kids how to negotiate the Sandstone

The Swimming Hole in Pine Canyon

On an Island in the … Virgin River

John starts the Zion Narrows Hike

The Pa'rus Trail – Downstream

The Pa'rus Trail – Upstream

Angel's Landing Trail – Beginning

Scout's Lookout

John and Pam (sister-in-law) on Walter's Wiggles

Angel's Landing / West Rim Trail

Waiting for the Shuttle – Angel's Landing in Background

Contemplating the Properties, Strategies and Uses of Cold Water