Fun At Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in the southwestern region of Utah near Springdale. Carved by time and water Zion Canyon is a breathtaking display of natural, rugged beauty. Every year visitors from all over the world come to admire its colorful monoliths and biodiversity. With the school year starting earlier, we decided to take a trip to Zion to top it off our summer adventures. We love the outdoors, and Zion has many fantastic trails to explore. Trails range from easy 2-3 hour hikes to strenuous 2-3 days hikes. With so many options and only two days to cover the park, we chose two trails that were relatively easy to hikes but with beautiful scenery.
We stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion which was very centrally located in the city of Springdale, UT. One of the things we enjoyed about the hotel was the proximity to the park entrance as well as the fact the hotel was nestled among Zion’s beautiful mountains. The hotel room was not big, but comfortable enough for the four of us (we brought grandma with us!). It was clean with a comfortable bed and very functional for us. The hotel also has a great pool with fantastic views of the mountains. The boys had a great time playing in the pool after a long day hiking.
Springdale is a cute little town with a small community that thrives with the popularity of the canyon. The main street is lined with stores and restaurants making it a vibrant place to stroll about after a hike. One interesting thing about the city is the fact it offers a free shuttle that takes you from any hotel in the main street all the way into the park.
The two trails we decided to hike are two popular trails that are worth checking out. The Watchman’s trail is a short easy-to-moderate hike that starts at the visitor’s center and leads to a beautiful view point.
Emerald Pools Trail is such a classic! I dare say that if you only have one afternoon to spend at Zion National Park, you should definitely check out this trail. Located right across from Zion lodge this hike is not very strenuous and tends to be a very popular hike during the summer months.
I have to admit that I was a little afraid to take my mother to Zion fearing she wouldn’t be able to do the hikes but in reality, Zion National Park has something for everyone and every age group. The scenery alone should be a reason to visit this beautiful natural monument.