Exploring Zion National Park and beyond

D and I have always wanted to visit Zion National Park and so when we recently found ourselves in Salt Lake City, we knew we absolutely had to go. Zion is about 4.5 hours from Salt Lake City and in November, the weather was pleasant in the low 60’s and the roads were empty. The barren terrain was very different than the lush views we are used to in the Northeast.


As you drive closer, the mountains loom large and its impossible not to be humbled in their presence. We took the scenic route through the mountains and stopped multiple times to absorb the views. Our hotel was right outside the park, and the hot tub helped ease all the aches from hiking.

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We woke up at the crack of dawn and explored some of the trails. The views were surreal and the the morning light was great for pictures like these –


Antelope canyon, a slot canyon in Page, AZ is a 2 hour drive from Zion. We took a guided tour into the canyon in the morning. Even though the canyon is only wide enough for one person in many places, I never felt claustrophobic. It was cold and quiet inside and there was beauty everywhere. We were inside for a little over an hour and got some gorgeous pictures.

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The guides know all the good angles for pictures and had names for some of the popular shots. Behold the candlestick and the heart of the canyon below.

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Lastly, we headed over to the horseshoe bend, where the Colorado river meanders into a loop. Its a 10 minute hike to go right to the edge and then the land gives way to this view –


I would have gladly spent a month in Utah/Arizona exploring the mountains. Leave me a comment below and let me know if you have visited Zion and if you loved it as much as we did.


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