Zion Park is a very popular destination. This being a Saturday, the Park was packed. There are limited parking areas in the park itself, but there is a shuttle bus that will take you up the scenic drive and drop you off and pick you up at most of the various overlooks and all of the trailheads.
We were camped at the Watchman Campground which is just next to the Visitor Center and the shuttle bus stop. Behind the campground runs the Virgin River where the kids were having a great time floating a short ways down the river on their tubes, getting out, running up the bank and doing it all over again.
We decided to take the shuttle to the top of the scenic drive and work our way back down to different stops/overlooks and trails that we wanted to see/hike.
|Tim Doing The Second Crossing|
|View Up The Canyon|
We sloshed our way to the shuttle stop and took the shuttle all the way back to the RV. We changed into our dry shoes and socks and got back on the shuttle to continue our tour of the park.
Our next stop was the Weeping Rock. The trail up was a short one, but very steep and honestly wasn't worth the hike. Basically, the rock had the water seeping through it so that there were some flowers growing all around it. Not as many as we thought there would be and not one of the most impressive sights we have seen.
Back on the shuttle and off at the Grotto. We wanted to hike to the Emerald Pool, but the trail was closed for repairs. The other trails from here were very strenuous and with the heat, we opted to skip them. Instead, we walked the half mile Grotto trail down to the Lodge where we had a late lunch and hid from the sun for a while. The temperatures today were 104 and we found the shade as often as we could. Late afternoon found us back at the RV. Since we had electricity here, we were able to use our air conditioning. What a blessing.