Zion National Park

Happy Friday! Here is part 2 of my trip and it was my favorite part. On Monday morning we woke up early and checked out of the yurt and headed to Zion National Park. The drive into the park was incredible and so pretty. Coming from that side we were able to drive through the mountain in a lonnngg tunnel. It’s hard to describe how amazing it is without seeing it in person. I highly recommend going to Zion if you’ve never been there. Adam and I kept joking the whole trip that there were so many people there who flew thousands of miles to see it and we have lived in Utah our whole lives and never been.

We chose to hike to Angel’s Landing first and we lucked out because the hike had been closed due to flash flooding and had only reopened that weekend. It is about 5 miles round trip and is not a hike for someone who is afraid of heights because about the last half mile you are holding onto a chain to get up there. There is a picture later of it.

We lucked out because the sun wasn’t hitting the backside of the mountain yet on the way up so it wasn’t too hot. It was really hot on the way back down and there is not a lot of shade cover. I personally would not suggest doing this in the middle of Summer. September was perfect because it wasn’t too crowded either.

This is at the very top with the amazing views.

There is that chain I was talking about. It wasn’t climbing like that the whole way up but I definitely felt better having the chain for stability.

There was a good stopping point where most people stopped before the chained part. There was only about a half mile left.

We made it to the top!

After hiking Angel’s Landing we went and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Bumbleberry Inn. They had a shuttle to the park right outside the hotel and they gave us free breakfast vouchers to a restaurant in the morning. To me, having free breakfast with the hotel is a pretty big plus. The rooms were really clean and our room was at the back of the hotel that overlooked the mountain.

For dinner we walked to Zion Pizza and Noodle Co. and had a delicious Thai Chicken Pizza. Adam and I were fighting over the leftovers when we got home.

The last morning we got up and headed into the park to hike the Narrows. You can rent shoes or waders in the park if you want because you will be walking through the rivers and getting wet. After recommendations from friends, we each took one trek pole and we bought neoprene socks off of Amazon and just wore tennis shoes that we were ok getting wet.

It can be about a 15-mile hike but we hiked about 3 miles in and stopped when the water was going to hit our waist. I had started getting cold from walking through cold water for 2 hours. But it was so fun! We couldn’t decide if this was more fun or if Angel’s Landing was.

Some people had no trekking poles and some had two. I liked having one hand free and then I would use the pole for stability walking over slippery rocks that you sometimes couldn’t see in the water.

Luckily, neither of us slipped and went all the way in! The pictures don’t do it justice because the rock walls went all the way up and we had to keep remembering to look up and see everything.

This trip was unlike anything I’ve ever done before and it was one of my favorite trips I’ve ever gone on. It was so beautiful and it’s hard to capture that in pictures so take my word for it! Adam and I both come from families that don’t do vacations like this which is totally fine but we were excited to get out and try something new like this. We have a national park pass for another year and we’re hoping to be able to see some of the other parks in Utah like Arches or Glacier National Park before it expires. I hope we keep going to new places and trying new things we’ve never done before together because it has been so fun breaking out of our shells like this!

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Highlights

Michelle and I had a pretty uneventful weekend. The only big thing I did was that Adam and I went on a hike to test out the new hiking boots we bought for our trip next month to Zion National Park. It’s a good thing we did test them out because I got a lovely blister by the end of it.

We hiked up to Elephant Rock that’s located in Bountiful, Utah. It was almost 7 miles round trip which was a lot more than I thought it was. Totally worth it at the top though!

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I wish it wasn’t so smokey here from the wildfires but it was still a great view up there.

Sorry for the squinty eyes picture but it was the best I got. It got a little windy and I was shaky and nervous about climbing up this rock that I could easily fall from.

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I’m sore today but it always just reminds me that I need to get out more and do things like this! I’m trying to convince Adam to hike Timpanogos Summit with me but that’s about double the hike. It looks so pretty though.

What did you do this weekend?

XOXO, Steph