For the pilgrims was Zion. For the native Americans was Mukuntuweap. Its northern part, Kolob Canyon takes its name from the Mormon scripture place of God’s residence. But no matter the name, Zion National Park is an amazing location that I visited so many times. You may assume that if you were once in a national park you have seen it all. But I can vet that this is not the case. I went so many times in Zion National Park and still enjoy it each time I go there, in spite of the fact that the park became crowded like I could not see it in the past. But if you get out from the main trails you’ll encounter so few people.
While in Vegas you can get off your bed, hop in a car, be in three hours in the park, hike Angel’s Landing or Observation Point and be back in Vegas for dinner to the chagrin of your friends who spent their day being bored at the pool and drinking cocktails trying to live the Vegas life.
Today lots of places in the park were closed after many rock slides so the only available hikes were shorter than normal. So we hiked the amazing Watchman Trail, part of the emerald pools trails as well as the Beach Sand Trail. They were all great except the last one that is used also for commercial horse trips and it’s built out of deep sand, very difficult to hike uphill, but doable in two hours and a half in an easy walk.