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This past December and January, Andrew, his mom, and I took a road trip out to Utah to explore 3 of the state’s best National Parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. I’ve already written blog posts about our adventures at Arches (read HERE) and Bryce Canyon (read HERE), so this post is going to be dedicated all to Zion.
This was our first time visiting Zion, and we had heard it was one of the best parks in the national park system. Zion truly did not disappoint, and we are really looking forward to going back and exploring more of this phenomenal park. If you’ve never been, Zion is definitely a bucket list trip you MUST take. The views are unreal, and there is so much beauty to behold all over the park. We went in the middle of winter which has its pros and cons. A huge pro: the park is way less busy than during summer. You can actually drive the main road instead of taking a shuttle. During peak season that’s not possible, and I’ve heard you may be waiting on buses for a long time. However that said, there are a few cons. Snow and ice are big ones. Some of the trails were impassible because of ice and snow. However, on our last day we kind of threw caution to the wind on that… but more on that later. Below I’m going to take you through what we did specifically during our trip there, and tips for you if you’re planning your own Zion adventure in the near future!
Our first day was only a half day, since we were driving there from Bryce Canyon. The first thing we did upon entering Zion was head to the Visitor Center. We do this first at every National Park we go to because we like talking to the rangers about what they recommend most. I mean, the people who live and work there every day know much more than we do, so we value their opinion! The only thing we did that afternoon was the Riverside Walk hike.
That’s the only hike we did on Day 1. We really just wanted to get a sense of Zion first, and create a plan of action on how to plan our remaining days.
Our second day in Zion was probably my favorite. We had decided the day before that we were going to tackle The Narrows. Even though a lot of people don’t try this hike in the winter, we were determined to make it work while we were there, and I’m SOOOO glad we did. Holy moly, this hike is amazing.
Believe it or not, after we hiked the Narrows, we did another hike with Andrew’s mom, Alice, that same day. We go hard ya’ll. We wanted something semi easy so Alice could do it, but something that provided KILLER views. So we chose the Canyon Overlook Trail.
It rained a ton on Day 3 for us, so we did as much hiking as we were able, which turned into 2 small hikes.
Remember when I say we go hard? Well, this was our last day in Zion, and we were pretty hell bent on hiking one of the most iconic hikes in the entire National Park system: Angels Landing. The only kicker was that it had snowed and iced pretty heavily the night before. So in all honestly this probably wasn’t the smartest decision, but we really wanted to make the most out of our trip. So on our last day in Zion… we hiked Angels Landing to the very top in the ice and snow. I 100% recommend hiking Angels Landing if you visit Zion; however, I can’t in good conscious recommend doing it the way we did. It was pretty dangerous; and though I do not regret it at all, it was pretty terrifying.
Nervously laughing to calm my fears… probably. 😉
Ultimately, I’m glad we hiked it. Because once we got to the top, we were met with this view (below). We even made a few friends at the top. However, if you hike Angel’s Landing, please do it in better weather. Save yo’self the stress.
That, my friends, ends my winter Utah road trip blog series! I hope reading about our travels encouraged you to get out and visit some of Utah’s amazing National Parks yourself! Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion have some incredible sights unlike no other. I cannot recommend these three parks enough!
If you have any questions about any of the hikes we did in Zion, or any of those three parks, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll answer them!! Happy traveling!
Lindsey Roman is an adventurous, destination wedding and elopement photographer based out of Oahu, Hawaii and available worldwide. She lives for outdoor adventures, intimate moments, and candid images. Her style is raw, passionate, and authentic. She believes in chasing sunsets, laughing too hard, and most importantly: capturing genuine moments that evoke feeling over perfectly posed photographs.
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