Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 8, 2010 - Zion National Park (Utah)

Another beautiful blue sky day to explore Zion.  The weather is still in the high 70's to low 80's with no clouds.  I had forgotten how hot it can be in the sun while still being rather cool in the shade.  So far we have spent all our time exploring the Zion Canyon portion of the park, however there are two other major areas with different entrances.  Our original plan was to explore the Kolob Terrace portion of the park, however after speaking with a ranger and finding out that the road was still closed due to snow, we decided to go explore the Kolob Canyons portion of the park.

The drive took us about 45 minutes to reach the other entrance of the park.  We started out by driving the short 5 mile scenic drive out to the Kolob Canyons viewpoint.  We walked the short 1 mile Timber Creek Overlook trail before getting back in the car and driving back to the trail head for the Taylor Creek trail. 

The Taylor Creek trail was my favorite hike of Zion.  It basically followed Taylor Creek through a 2.5 mile canyon that became narrower and narrower as we hiked further back in.  I lost count of the number of times that we splashed back and forth across the creek to keep on the trail.  Thank goodness there were lots of strategically placed rocks so we came home with dry feet (even though our sandals were in our backpack, just in case).  While on the trail, we passed two homesteaders cabins (circa 1930).  The trail ended at a beautiful double arch that was huge and breathtaking. 

The first cabin.  What a gorgeous site for a home.
The second cabin.  Also not a bad view from any window either.

This was the finish point...  The photo with us in it will give you an idea of the scale of this double arch.

After our hike, we drove back down to viewpoint for a picnic lunch and then started the drive back home.  We were both tired from continuous days of hiking so we relaxed outside in the campground and had a very easy night. 

Here Matt plays a bit on his guitar as we keep Pinkie company.

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